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The Spicy Pepper Diet & Weight Loss

Have you ever tried the Spicy Pepper Diet?

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Capsaicin in chili peppers tricks your brain into thinking your stomach is full.

Have you tried the spicy pepper diet? It’s based on the idea that eating very spicy foods, like hot chili peppers, can help you lose weight.


The chemical in hot peppers that burns is called capsaicin. It binds to receptors on the tongue and also in the small intestine, where it activates a nerve that sends a message to the brain that you’re full.

Stimulating the nerve also triggers your nervous system, increasing the amount of energy you use.

So The More Hot Peppers I Eat, The More Calories I Burn?

Yes, although it’s a small amount. It’s not like you can eat a bunch of chili peppers, and then eat as much junk food as you like and expect to lose weight.

You still have to eat moderately and exercise. But hot peppers do give you a little extra energy boost.

What About Other Spicy Foods?

Well, spices in general are healthful, mainly because in adding flavor to food, they may help you eat more slowly.

Instead of just wolfing down a burger or slice or pizza, eating spicier fare takes time. And the slower you eat, the more chance your body has to feel full.

Read More: Peppers: Natural Weight-Loss Foods (Discovery Health)

  • Sarah

    What a ridiculous premise. Of course if you eat slower, you're likely to eat less regardless of WHAT you're eating. I eat peppers and spicy foods nonstop but I wouldn't say that it's a good weight loss tool (I'm pretty average weight) or gives me an “energy boost”. In fact, I imagine many people that don't have a built up tolerance for spicy foods might end up with more negative effects, like suffering from heartburn or acid reflux. Advising spicy foods and peppers as a weight loss tool just seems like another gimmick – reduce your calorie intake if you want to lose weight. Sheesh.

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