Dieting and weight loss go hand-in-hand. Thankfully, your meals don’t have to be bland salads in order to lose weight. Experts say that there are plenty of tiny tweaks you can make to your favorite meals to help promote a faster metabolism and burn calories–starting with adding this anti-inflammatory ingredient to your food. Think you know what it is? It’s cayenne pepper!
Can a little sprinkle of cayenne pepper really help boost your metabolism? Researchers suggest that the popular seasoning gets its kick from capsaicin, which is a thermogenic chemical that has been found to speed up your metabolism and decrease your appetite.
"Our metabolism can get a significant boost from capsaicin," Dr. John Jay, a cardiologist/electrophysiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, says. He also notes that taking a capsaicin supplement can also help promote fat burning and potentially help decrease appetite.
Not a fan of cayenne pepper or can't take the heat? There are several ways you can incorporate it into your diet to reap its benefits. To start, you can buy it powdered and add it to your water, smoothie, or protein shake. Or, you can add a little to a dish that is already flavorful to mask its taste and heat. You need 28 grams of fresh chili pepper or 1 gram of dried chili pepper to get its metabolism-boosting effect.
If these don't seem doable, you can always take a capsaicin supplement. It's suggested to take somewhere between 30-120 milligram capsules or 0.3-1 milliliter of liquid tincture one to three times per day. Talk with your doctor before adding this supplement to your diet.