Can This Fruit Promote Weight Loss?

Can This Fruit Promote Weight Loss?

Can cayenne pepper help you lose weight? We look at the science behind fruit and metabolic rate.

LAST UPDATED: April 2019 by Ben.

This article cites referenced studies from reputable sources.

Fat Mass and Chilli

With the growing concern of global obesity people and authorities are seeking new ways to try and battle the problem. [1]

It has and always will be considered that more exercise and dietary changes are the most effective and safest way to reduce fat mass than drugs, especially when drugs can pose a number of risks due to the possible side effects.

However, interest is increasing in the possible use of plants as an aid to increase the metabolic rate which increases calorie expenditure. [2]

In particular, the Cayenne Pepper has been identified as being able to decrease inflammation which can lead to chronic disease such as obesity. [3]

Cayenne can also increase immunity, circulation and even highlighted to improve cognitive function. [4]

The pepper is a very spicy fruit that is used in the best fat burners because of its proven ability to help burn fat thanks to the thermogenic effects which means they can raise the temperature of your body.


How does Cayenne cut fat?

When this thermogenic reaction happens it can raise your metabolic rate (the number of calories burnt to exist), it also helps your process and digest the food you eat as well as burn off stored body fat. [5] [6]

It is also able to help you feel fuller for longer, I often include hot peppers in my morning scrambled eggs which then helps me feel full until lunch time so I do not start snacking.

This prevents your blood sugar from spiking which then requires further (unhealthy) snacking in order to function and stay awake.

Anything else?

Yes, actually.

You can use the fruit instead of fatty ingredient such as butter and use it as a flavoring for foods.

By eliminating high fat foods such as butter or cream helps reduce your fat consumption.

The capsaicin which is found in the Cayenne Pepper is also able to utilize your stored fat as fuel and also just burn more calories while at rest.

So it would be a prudent choice to include this hot and spicy fruit in your diet to help with your fat loss.


So what have we learnt about cayenne pepper?

That it is proven to help raise your metabolic rate and burn more calories. Cayenne may also contribute to improved cognitive function and a reduction in inflammation.

Overall, if used in conjunction with a training program and an effective nutrition plan this will help contribute to creating a greater calorie deficit.







[6] Acute effects of capsaicin on energy expenditure and fat oxidation in negative energy balance. Janssens PL, Hursel R, Martens EA, Westerterp-Plantenga MS. PLoS One. 2013 Jul 2;8(7):e67786. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0067786. Print 2013. PMID: 23844093

Cayenne and obesity
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Cayenne and obesity
This article takes a look at the humble cayenne pepper to see whether it can be used effectively at reducing obesity.

Ben BA(Hons), PGCert

Ben established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. He has always been interested in sport and he started playing rugby at the age of 6 represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of the 150 Regimental Shooting Team. He holds a bachelor's and postgraduate degree in sport exercise & nutrition.

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