Chili peppers are more than a great-tasting, low-calorie option to add some spice to your meals. They also help you lose weight!
How? Spicy hot peppers contain a compound known as capsaicin which is responsible for that heat you feel when you bite into them. Use capsaicin for weight loss and you’ll speed up the rate at which your body burns fat and calories.
The effect remains whether you take it raw, cooked, dried, or even powdered, making it an incredibly effective tool in helping you to lose weight faster and prevent the gain of new fat.
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Best types of chili peppers
The weight loss effects of chili peppers will be highest in those with the highest levels of capsaicin. The commonly used Scoville scale is simply a measure of these, so peppers higher on the scale will have more effect.
Among the most commonly eaten hot peppers that also have high levels of capsaicin are cayenne, chili (green or red), spur, and tabasco. Remember that the effect works in any form, so hot sauces can be a good substitute.
But what if I don’t like spice?
Don’t like spicy foods but still want to speed up your fat loss? No worries! While sweet peppers don’t have the kick of spicy peppers, they still contain capsaicin.
Add bell or green peppers to your meals and you’ll still get about 25% the level of capsaicin that’s found in their spicier counterparts.
How about some ideas?
Now that you know what to look for, here’s a few ideas for your next meal or snack!
Skinny Bell Pepper Nacho Boats – 145 calories per 2 boats
Satisfy your tex-mex cravings and keep your diet on track with these delicious bell pepper nacho boats. View full recipe.
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Coconut Chicken Skewers – 220 calories, 26.8g protein per serving
These tasty skewers are less than 250 calories per serving, and add coconut milk sweetness to go with the spice! View full recipe.
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Sweet Potato Spicy Chicken – 337 calories, 30.6g protein per serving
Get yourself plenty of protein with this easy prep, low-cal sweet potato spicy chicken meal. View full recipe.
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