Want to spice up your life AND burn some fat? Who doesn’t, right?
Not only can spices save an otherwise boring, though healthy meal, it turns out certain spices can help you burn body fat through the process of thermogenesis. Thermogenesis is heat. And since a calorie is a unit of heat, more thermogenesis equals more calories burned.
A recent issue of The Journal of Physiology and Behavior cited numerous studies on several spices that increase thermogenesis, including these findings:
- Capsaicin: This compound gives red chili pepper its heat and increases energy via heat expenditure by up to 23 percent after being ingested at breakfast.
- Black pepper increases body heat by bonding to TRPV1 receptors in the brain.
- Turmeric has both anti-cancer and pro-thermogenic properties.
Learn about these three spices; red chili pepper, black pepper, and turmeric, and use them liberally. Just be careful not to overdo it. If you do, you’ll likely end up with heartburn instead of fat burn!