How Eating Hot Peppers Burn Calories

“According to a new report, chili pepper in your diet could lower your risk of dying of cancer or cardiovascular disease, and could also promote longevity.”

Shmerling R.H, (2020, December 10). Will eating more chilis help you live longer? Harvard Health Publishing

Capsaicin-the main ingredient that make peppers hot-is highly sought for its weight loss and body fat loss aid, among the weight loss community. Popular forms for its consumption/usage include:
  • Hot Peppers (fruit, sauce, seeds).
  • Detox Concoction.
  • Cream.

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How Hot Pepper Consumption Burn Calories & Aid Weight/Fat Loss

“Epidemiological data revealed that the consumption of foods containing capsaicin was associated with a lower prevalence of obesity…Increase in the oxygen consumption (VO2) and body temperature reflecting increased energy expenditure, thus play critical role in weight loss. Fat oxidation was reported to be sustained together with elevation of the resting energy expenditure, and enhanced fat oxidation may contribute to increased energy expenditure.”

Zheng, Dietary capsaicin and its anti-obesity potency: from mechanism to clinical implications. National Library of Medicine

Essentially, hot pepper consumption leads to an increase in our core temperature, along with voluntary and involuntary muscular contraction(s), in order for us to experience a cooling effect or cooling down. It’s through this that we expend calories. This also explains how hot peppers, and capsaicin in particular can function as a weight loss supplement.


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Oshane Bryant: BSc Geology, Geography Minor; ACE CPT since 2012; Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) Accelerator Graduate-2018 cohort; Licensed KUKIBO Martial Arts & Self Defense, Senior Instructor; OB Fitness Founder & Managing Director.


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