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Spicy Food and Weight Loss

Updated on April 9, 2011
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Tom Yam - Thai food
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Spicy food can make you lose weight

Most people who are overweight don’t usually eat food that is rich and hot in flavor. A friend of mine who is 90 Kg says to me that she doesn’t like to eat spicy food because it makes herself feel uncomfortable. This is obvious that eating comfortably makes you gain more weight while eating hot spicy food gives you more sweat and heat in your body and thus it can eliminate some extra weight easily. A recent study has shown that spicy food has the ability to boost up your metabolism by raising your body temperature and burning calories faster than other food. On average a meal containing a spicy dish, like a bowl of chili, can temporarily increase metabolism by about 8 percent over a person’s normal rate, an amount considered fairly negligible. But besides a slight uptick in metabolism, spicy foods may also increase feelings of satiety (O'Connor, 2006).

If you’re looking for some good start, I recommend some variety of spicy foods for you. Those foods include:

  • Thai food: Most Thai food consists of many spices and it is famous for being hot and spicy. Tom Yam is a good and well-known choice which is extremely hot but delicious and good for your body too.
  • Ginger: It is the herb that can relieve cold symptoms and also helps you lose weight. You should give it a try!
  • Wasabi: Wasabi is a kind of Japanese food which has very strong smell and flavor and can even make your nose hot!
  • Black pepper: You can add a lot of black pepper in to your dishes to eliminate the unpleasant smell of some food and to give strong flavor as well.
  • Curry: It is mostly known in Indian cuisine which mainly contains cumin, coriander and turmeric. Those herbs are extremely spicy and curry is definitely one of good choices you should make.

While you are going to eat, why not choose foods that can help you lose weight at the same time? Isn’t this great? I hope this article will help you more motivated in losing weight.


O'Connor, A. (2006). The Claim: Spicy Foods Increase Metabolism . Retrieved from The New York Times:


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