Spicy Food for Weight Loss: The Hot way to Burn Fat!

Spicy Food for Weight Loss: The Hot way to Burn Fat!

20-09-2017   |   Posted By: Chhavi   |   5045 View(s)

Does everything you eat taste bland because you are on a strict weight loss diet? You must be missing those old golden days when you used to enjoy Pizza, Burgers, Fried Rice; and now you have to eat boiled vegetables because you have to burn fat. But, I am here to make your meals interesting. Don’t worry! I won’t tell you to start eating fried foods; even I want you to look perfect in your slim jeans. But, there is a secret: A simple trick to lose weight! Wonder what it is? It’s none other than spicy food. Spicy Food for weight loss? All of you must be thinking that I am joking, right? Well, I am not!


I understand what’s going on in your mind right now. You must be thinking that you are in love with spicy food because it is so freaking tasty and satisfy your taste buds, but there are other benefits of eating spicy food too. If you want to shed pounds while enjoying delicious food, then adding spices to your meals is the best option for you. So, let’s know how spicy food for weight loss is a healthy thing.

Spicy Food for Weight Loss: How does it Work?

Before I tell you how eating spicy food for weight loss work, you must know that eating spices won’t help you lose a lot of pounds, but it can surely help you boost metabolism and burn fat overall.

1. Spicy Food Suppress Your Appetite

One of the primary reasons why we gain weight is because we are not able to curb our appetite. Saying ‘No’ to Fast food is just not in our nature. A person may be feeling full after eating a healthy and heavy breakfast, but seeing his colleague enjoying that piece of cake will make his taste buds go crazy. Although his stomach is full, his heart is not satisfied, and this will make him nauseous unless he enjoys that cake too! What next? He ends up eating a mouthful of cake even when he was not hungry.

This happens a lot of time when we are eating our favourite food too. Our stomach tells us to stop, but what about our tongue? It shouts, ‘More’; and then we end up eating more than needed, which eventually leads to bloating and weight gain.

Spicy Foods

You can curb your appetite and control your cravings if you add spices to your meals. Various studies suggest that people who use hot pepper sauce consume about 200 fewer calories during their meal and throughout the day.

Also, a study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that people who ate peppers before lunch consumed less food during the meal, and also snacked less later in the day. “International Journal of Obesity” also support these findings as even they concluded that eating foods with capsaicin decreases calorie intake by about 16%.

Spicy food helps you feel full and also reduce the cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods, which reduces the chances of overeating. So, if you are trying to lose weight, add some spices to your diet and get a smaller waist in no time.

2. Spicy Food Gives a Kick to Your Metabolism

There is a strong link between metabolism and weight. It is important to have a healthy metabolism to burn calories and lose weight faster. And spicy foods can help you with that! Several studies have found that certain spices, like ginger, capsaicin and black pepper raises your body temperature which in turn increase your metabolism, and causes you to burn more calories after a meal. You will be perplexed to know that a bowl of chilli can boost your metabolism by about 8%, which in turn, burns some calories, making you lose weight.

3. It Helps You Burn Fat

Eating spicy food for weight loss is beneficial as the compounds present in spicy foods makes you eat less while also boosting your metabolism. Eating spicy foods can help you burn fat. A study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found the effects of capsaicin on energy expenditure and fat loss in a group of obese or overweight people. The study found that the spice did not have much of an effect on the energy expenditure, but it did promote abdominal fat loss in the participants.

So, now you know how spicy food help in losing weight. You must then also know the list of spices you should add to your diet plan for shedding pounds.

List of Best Spices for Weight Loss

    Black Pepper

    Chili Powder

    Cayenne Pepper

    Cumin

    Mustard

    Turmeric

    Cinnamon

    Ginger

    Cloves

    Cardamom

The Best Spicy Recipe for Weight Loss

Spicy Veggie Bean Chilli

You will Need

• 1/3 cup vegetable broth or one tablespoon olive oil, for sautéing
• One diced onion
• ¼ of a finely diced jalapeno
• Three cloves of minced garlic
• One diced bell pepper
• One diced zucchini
• One cup vegetable broth or water
• One cup cooked quinoa (or brown rice)
• Two 15 oz. cans of drained and rinsed black beans
• One 28 oz. Can of diced tomatoes

Spice Blend

• One tablespoon of chilli powder
• Two teaspoons of cumin
• One teaspoon of paprika
• 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon
• Salt, to taste
• Pepper, to taste
• Juice of half a lime
• Avocado, for topping
• Cilantro, for topping

Preparation Time- 15 minutes

Cooking Time- 15 minutes


In a large pot, heat vegetable broth/ oil on medium-high heat and then sauté onion, garlic and jalapeno for about three minutes. Add zucchini and black pepper. Sauté for again for about three to four minutes or until it becomes soft. Add in tomatoes, vegetable broth/ water, black beans, quinoa and the spice blend. Bring it to boil and then you need to reduce heat to simmer for about 10 minutes. Top with cilantro and avocado. Enjoy this hot spicy recipe to lose weight.

So, now you know how eating spices can make you lose weight. So, do add some hot spices to your meals to enhance flavour and shed a few pounds. Make sure not to consume spices excessively as it can make you sick.

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