When you are embarking on a weight loss journey, there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of suggestions online about which foods you should eat more of and which foods you should eat less of. Some advice is good advice, and some advice is absolutely terrible advice, you just need to be careful about which sources you trust! Thankfully, you have come to a source you can trust right now, and I have a great tip for you when it comes to foods that can aid in your weight loss, chili! Here’s why you should eat more chili when you want to lose weight!
You know when you get a hot flush after eating something really spicy? That is down to something called capsaicin. It is the active component inside chili peppers that causes them to hold that crazy heat.
One of the main things that capsaicin can do in the human body is speed up the metabolism, and the faster your metabolism is, the quicker you are going to be burn calories and in turn burn fat. Obviously, this is the perfect start for a weight loss programme!
Food filled with chili can also have the added benefit of the simple fact that the hotter the food is, the less likely you are going to be to binge on super high amounts of it. Studies have shown that people who eat spicy meals on a regular basis actually consume smaller portions of food that those who eat more mellow flavoured dishes. If you don’t eat as much, you’re not going to weigh as much, right!?
4. Brown Fat
Capsaicin also has the ability to turn white fat into brown fat. Whereas white fat is common in the body as a source of cushioning and energy, brown fat is the kind of fat that used for burning calories and generating heat in the body. Essentially, it helps to burn calories instead of storing them.
I think it’s clear that the more capsaicin you have in your system, the more effective all of the points discussed above are going to be, but that doesn’t mean that you have to add a Carolina Reaper chili to every single dinner you have. All kinds of chili peppers have capsaicin content, so as long as you are making an effort to incorporate some kind of spicy kick into your dish, you will be putting yourself in a good position to feel the benefits of the burn!