Eat Chilli – Lose Weight!
July 9, 2016
July 9, 2016
Why add chilli to your meals in winter?
Chillies Help to Burn Fat!
Capsaicin is the main component in chilies which is responsible for the intense heat sensation! It is also a thermogenic compound and increases the metabolic rate, which aids in the fat burning process.
It can also help to lower your cravings for fatty and sweet foods.
Fun Fact – Believe it or not chilli oil is used in anti-cellulite creams and it was proven to be very effective!
I found a really cool article about how spicy food actually tricks us to feeling the HEAT (D.M, 2014)!
How spicy food tricks us to feeling the heat
Basically when you eat spicy food, it’s not actually hot… it’s just a heat sensation that you’re feeling (not that this makes it any less real to you!). Your nervous system contains heat-receptor proteins located in cells in your skin and digestive system. These receptors remain inactive unless you’re exposed to temperatures above 42°C, at which point you’ll experience heat and pain.
When you eat a chilli pepper, capsaicin binds to and activates these heat receptor proteins, so even though you’re not actually in danger, your body thinks it’s being exposed to extreme heat!!!
As explained by the New York Times:
“…in mammals it [capsaicin] stimulates the very same pain receptors that respond to actual heat. Chili pungency is not technically a taste; it is the sensation of burning, mediated by the same mechanism that would let you know that someone had set your tongue on fire.”
Now that is food for thought!
Eating chilli increases your metabolism
Chilli has a mountain of health benefits but there is no doubt that is increases the metabolic rate.
Add it to your meals in winter and help keep yourself in shape!
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