Does spicy food help you lose weight?

Does spicy food help you lose weight? You might have seen pictures of chefs and celebrities enjoying delicious plates of food as they appear to lose weight and burn calories. This is the effect of spicy food, which burns calories to produce.

Does spicy food help you lose weight?
Does spicy food help you lose weight?

If you’re wondering which spices will provide the same fat burning effect as a high-calorie dish like a burger, you’ll be surprised.

Spicy dishes can be a part of many healthy eating plans as they have the ability to give you the taste sensation that you are craving without the accompanying calories. They are often the ones that will get your mouth going, making you want to continue to eat what is inside. They are also a good way to get your digestive system started too, as heat is something that stimulates the stomach to begin digestion in the first place.

In terms of weight loss, we know that a healthy and balanced diet is a main component in a successful weight loss plan. However, what are some things that will help spice up your dishes and help get your meals moving?

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the spicy foods that may help you on your weight loss journey.

1. Chili peppers

When you’re looking to spice up your food, you’re usually looking for sweet or salty tastes. These two things can be found in spicy peppers. However, the spicy peppers that are best for weight loss contain a chemical called capsaicin, which is present in all peppers. Capsaicin has been used by people for many years in the traditional Chinese medicine as a medicinal herb to relieve muscle and joint pain. However, capsaicin is also found in the fruits and vegetables, such as red peppers and even sweet potatoes.

Capsaicin is well known for its ability to help burn calories and stop your body from storing fat. When your body comes in contact with the capsaicin, the signal goes through the body and tells the body to start burning those calories. Capsaicin has been shown to reduce the release of the hormone insulin. This means that instead of storing the calories, it takes the energy from it and uses it to keep us healthy. It also helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar.

It isn’t just red peppers, though. Studies are showing that even the pungent sweet potato contains a certain chemical in it that help you lose weight. The chemical responsible for the weight loss is known as alpha-methylfentanyl. It has been shown that when you consume capsaicin and alpha-methylfentanyl in your meals, your body burns more fat.

2. Chili Powder

One of the simplest ways to spice up your dishes is by adding chili powder to your meals. Chili powder contains a variety of ingredients such as black and cayenne peppers, cumin, coriander, oregano, and cloves. The spices in chili powder help boost your metabolism, help in the breakdown of fat, and are also beneficial to your body’s ability to control blood sugar levels.

Studies are also showing that there is a link between having the spices in chili powder and the body’s ability to keep off pounds. As it turns out, there are a variety of different kinds of chili peppers that each have a different amount of this chemical, which is called capsaicin. In a study conducted on three groups of people, those who consumed a lot of chili peppers had the lowest amount of total fat in their body, showing how the capsaicin in chili pepper had a direct impact on fat breakdown in the body.1

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is probably one of the most popular spices on the market right now, making it easy to find in your kitchen. It is extremely versatile and you can put it in just about anything you are cooking. There are actually two types of cinnamon: regular cinnamon and cinnamaldehyde-rich cinnamon. Regular cinnamon isn’t the best option for weight loss as it doesn’t appear to lower your appetite or suppress your appetite. The cinnamaldehyde-rich cinnamon does this.2

In fact, as research is showing, cinnamaldehyde-rich cinnamon helps the body burn more fat. What makes it so helpful is the fact that it suppresses your appetite. Studies have also shown that people who regularly eat cinnamon experience fewer cravings.

4. Ginger

Ginger is another commonly-used spice that can help aid in weight loss. Of course, in these cases it isn’t the ginger itself that will aid in weight loss, but rather the active ingredient within ginger that helps you burn more fat. The reason for this is that ginger blocks a protein that is required for the development of new fat cells.

One of the most important benefits of using ginger on a regular basis is that it suppresses your appetite. This is especially useful during the winter months. Eating ginger tea before a meal will help to ward off your hunger pangs so that you won’t feel the need to eat so much.

5. Turmeric

One of the benefits of turmeric is that it not only helps you suppress your appetite and boost your metabolism, but it helps to burn the fat you already have. Turmeric is filled with antioxidants and compounds called curcumin that help speed up the body’s fat burning abilities.

In addition, when using turmeric, you should think about consuming it at night because studies have found that this is when your body is at its prime for fat burning.


Coffee has been known to aid in weight loss for some time, but now, thanks to the latest studies, people are starting to understand exactly how that’s going to happen. Coffee has a compound within that helps boost the body’s ability to burn fat.

Plus, coffee is known to suppress your appetite, which can result in less desire for unhealthy foods. However, it is important to remember that coffee, even black, can cause your heart to function in a way that can lead to high blood pressure, so you should always talk with your doctor before trying out the coffee boost, as they can help you find the right coffee varieties.

Green Tea

There are numerous health benefits that green tea offers; however, it is important to know that many of those benefits come from the polyphenol compounds within green tea. However, drinking green tea, as well as other green drinks, can have a variety of other health benefits, but the main benefit comes from the caffeine inside green tea.

Green tea contains more caffeine than regular coffee, which is an awesome way of revving up your metabolism. To make things even better, studies show that drinking enough green tea can help you burn through an additional 50-100 calories per day.

Does spicy food help you lose weight? 

That’s a question frequently asked. In this article we try to answer this question in as much detail as we can.

Spicy, crunchy, hot chili peppers are a popular ingredient in many dishes. From the food they are added to, to the manner in which they are consumed, they can have a significant effect on your health.

Some chili peppers have health benefits

We mentioned the chili pepper before. Now we are going to talk about several different types of chili peppers that are loaded with phytonutrients (vitamin and nutrition mineral constituents derived from a plant, mostly fruits or vegetables) and flavonoids (chemical compounds of antioxidant activity found in food).


Chili peppers contains capsaicin. Capsaicin is the compound that makes chili peppers spicy. Although it is known that capsaicin is the substance which causes most of the irritation and burning sensation we feel when eating or drinking chili peppers, a healthy amount of capsaicin will not cause discomfort.

Capsaicin has been in the spotlight over the last few decades. There is a lot of talk about how capsaicin reduces pain when applied to the skin and increases blood flow. Researchers want to know if capsaicin also affects other parts of the body (like the brain and other internal organs) than just skin.

According to some scientists, capsaicin can also prevent a few types of cancer. Another study showed that capsaicin activates the mitochondria and triggers several signaling pathways, which have a positive effect on metabolism and aging. Although, in high doses, capsaicin might have some side effects.

How capsaicin effects your metabolism?

A scientific review study in 2015, in which ten thousand people were asked to add capsaicin to their diets found no clear proof of capsaicin affecting metabolism. Another review published in 2011 in the International Journal of Obesity noted the results of the study are consistent with those of other studies that concluded a link between spicy foods and increased metabolic rates. But because of the mixed results, it is hard to conclude whether capsaicin increases or decreases metabolism.

How Capsaicin affects your mood?

Some research shows that capsaicin can enhance mood in those who are chronically depressed or feel low. Other studies show conflicting results.

Capsaicin and your immune system

When capsaicin is applied to the skin, it stimulates the immune system cells to release natural killer cells that destroy invading viruses and bacteria. A recent study showed that the addition of capsaicin to the diet could help in improving and/or restoring the body’s natural immunity. 

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