Personal Training Bellevue | Turn Up the Heat to Burn Calories!

If you’d like to have a simple way to turn up your metabolic furnace and burn more calories, especially in the winter, look no further than your dinner plate. If you love spicy food, it seems that adding firey chilis to your meals will turn up the heat, allowing you to burn extra calories!

University of Arizona and OminActive Health Technologies teamed up to research and publish a study in Advances in Nutrition, 2017. When study participants took a supplement with 2 mg of capsaicinoids (the phytochemicals in the chili seed and inner membranes), their metabolic rate jumped about 6%. This may not sound like much, but it translates into approximately 130 calories more burnt in a day, compared to the placebo! Another plus from eating chilis is it appears they are an appetite depressant, which could lead to a lower caloric intake.

One thing the study was not able to isolate was just how many chili peppers it would take to create this benefit. For now, though, I think it’s safe to say that ‘the spicier the better’ can be a new rule of thumb as far as meals are concerned!

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