People who do not like bland food often feel that if it’s not spicy, it’s not worth eating! There’s also hype around how spicy food can help burn a few extra calories, but is there any truth behind this theory? Along with setting the tongue on fire, spicy foods are thought to boost metabolism and curb appetite. A compound called “capsaicin,” found in chilli peppers, jalapeno, cayenne pepper, stimulates metabolism and increases energy expenditure, but if you are thinking about amping up spicy food intake, please don’t because too much spice can irritate the lining of the stomach and cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea. Also, heartburn and acid reflux are common symptoms in people who regularly have spicy food. So, how to get the benefits of metabolism-boosting properties of spices without developing gastrointestinal issues? Let’s find out:
There are certain spicy foods that can help with weight loss due to their metabolism-boosting and appetite-suppressing properties. Some of these foods include:
1. Sprinkle Black Pepper Over Omelette: Egg, as we all know, is a rich source of protein and healthy fats. Sprinkling black pepper over your regular omelette would add another weight-loss friendly compound, piperine, that has been shown to increase metabolism due to its thermogenic properties, which means it can increase the body’s heat production and energy expenditure. Piperine has also been shown to prevent formation of new fat cells, so this combination works well for those who are trying to lose weight.
2. Ginger Shots with Lemon: Ginger is a natural remedy to fight bloating and boost immunity, but it also has thermogenic properties, that you can get from making ginger shots with lemon. Also read: “5 Health Benefits of Ginger in Weight Loss and How to Incorporate it in Diet.”
3. Cinnamon in Smoothies and Oatmeal: Cinnamon is a spice that has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels by improving insulin sensitivity. Cinnamon also helps with metabolism, and it’s a good way to add sweetness to smoothies and oatmeal without adding any white sugar. Additionally, cinnamon can complement the sweetness of fruits in fruit salad and oatmeal recipes. You can also add cinnamon for extra flavour in smoothies and roasted veggies.
4. Sip on Turmeric Tea: Turmeric has a compound called curcumin that has been found to increase metabolism and fight inflammation, and there are so many ways in which one can include turmeric into daily diet – from curries to turmeric tea – the options are endless.
Summing up, as mentioned previously, simply adding spicy food into the diet alone will not lead to weight loss. A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise along with being in calorie deficit would actually lead to shedding of excess weight. Rati Beauty diet plans are created in a way to help you achieve calorie deficit without compromising on nutrition. Download the Rati Beauty app for more details.