In our last article we discussed the #1 ‘food’ to avoid if you want to lose weight – which is sugar. So if some foods prevent you from losing weight, it stands to reason that some foods can help you lose weight, right?
What to Eat to Lose Weight
It’s true – just as some foods can add more fat to your waistline than their calories imply, there are other foods that actually burn calories just from eating them, and these foods are called thermogenics. Thermogenic foods actually raise your body temperature and boost your metabolism, which can help you lose weight!
My Favorite Weight Loss Food: Hot Peppers
If you like hot peppers and eat them regularly, then you’re on the right track. If you don’t eat hot peppers then I’m going to give you a long list of reasons why you should start.
Hot peppers are a natural thermogenic, which means that after eating a pepper your body temperature rises. If you’ve ever eaten spicy food then chances are you started sweating and actually felt your body temperature rise.
This body temperature increase burns calories and can last for up to 30 minutes. Not only that but eating hot peppers also gives your metabolism a boost. Here are other great reasons to eat hot peppers to lose weight:
- Hot Peppers have been shown to give dramatic pain relief, and are even used to combat the pain of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Cayenne and other spicy peppers lower your blood sugar levels, so actually combat obesity directly as your liver turns blood sugar into fat
- Hot Peppers also lower bad cholesterol levels
- The Capsaicin in Peppers give your immune system a boost and can help you recover from a cold or the flu quickly – or prevent you from getting sick in the first place.
- Hot Peppers actually prevent stomach ulcers and can heal ulcers as the capsaicin stimulates your gut’s mucosal cells to coat your stomach and intestines with more mucous (that’s a good thing).
- Really hot peppers even give you an endorphin kick – much like a runner’s high – which helps you burn even more calories.
I know that lots of people don’t like hot peppers because they associate eating spicy food with heartburn, indigestion, or with burning mouth pain, and burning in your stomach. As someone who eats lots of hot peppers let me tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way.
The key to eating hot peppers is that you need to work your way up. Just like you wouldn’t try running a marathon if you’ve haven’t trained for it, you also shouldn’t eat habaneros without working your way up.
Here’s what I recommend – start with Jalapenos and work your way up. Jalapenos are only 2,000 to 5,000 on the Scoville heat index, compared to Serrano peppers at 10,000 to 20,000, and Habaneros at 100,000 – 300,000.
Trust me when I say that anyone can get used to eating Jalapenos. Here’s how I recommend eating them:
Breakfast: Jalapenos taste great diced up fresh, but I like to cook them in a little oil with diced up onions and garlic, then mixing them into scrambled eggs or an omelet. No cheese necessary, the peppers add a lot of flavor!
Lunch: Hot Peppers are surprisingly good diced up and added to a salad. They add a lot of heat raw, and if you want to cut down on the spice I recommend removing the seeds and just eating the flesh of the pepper.
Dinner: One of my favorite dinners is pan fried fish with sliced up Jalapenos. The flavor of the peppers soaks through the fish and makes everything taste wonderful! Of course Jalapenos also taste great on hamburgers, mixed into chili or soup, and even diced up and cooked in rice or beans.
I recommend adding hot peppers to your diet on a regular basis. I’ve managed to drop a few pounds without even trying PLUS my blood pressure has improved – and the only things I’m doing differently is eating lots of hot peppers and cutting back on sugar a bit. Give it a try!