If you like spicy food, the chances are you have probably tasted cayenne pepper and you either love it or hate it depending on your tolerance of these types of foods. But this capsaicin rich vegetable is also known to have medicinal and even fat loss benefits. Studies say that red cayenne pepper may help burn calories and curb appetite, especially in people that are not used to its hot flavor.
The 3 main cayenne pepper benefits for fat loss:
1. Thermogenic effect
As we mentioned before, cayenne peppers contain capsaicin, which is known for its thermogenic (heat generating ) properties. Including cayenne pepper in your diet increases your body temperature, which has a few beneficial consequences like heightened metabolism, a greater ability for your body to process food and an increased capability to burn stored fat. Capsaicin is also known as an appetite suppressant which means it will curb hunger.
2. Blood Sugar Control
A spike in blood sugar levels is a normal phenomenon that happens after consuming a meal rich in carbs, especially if the carbs have high glycemic index. The sudden rise of blood sugar has negative effects on a person’s body like unstable energy levels, fat gain etc. These foods can become quite addictive causing you to crave for more carbs and ruin your physique and health eventually. This process can turn into a weight gain-causing vicious cycle.
As a way of preventing this occurrence, you can simply add some cayenne pepper if you’re planning to eat a meal that is heavy in sugar or carbohydrates. Cayenne pepper stops those sudden blood sugar spikes, making you feel fuller, longer periods of time.
Detoxification has a very important role when it comes to fat loss. Cayenne acts as a natural detoxifying agent by helping the body to get rid of the accumulated toxins. Lower toxin levels lead to a better metabolism rate. This, in turn, helps in cutting the fat more efficiently.