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Eat This, and You’ll Burn Over 100 Extra Calories a Day

Reader's Digest logo Reader's Digest 12-08-2017 Brooke Nelson

© Vitaly Korovin/Shutterstock Looking for some wacky ways to burn extra calories—no gym time required? Look no further than your own dinner plate.

Thanks to a new study published in the journal Obesity Open Access, spicy foods might soon replace your daily run. Forty men and women took one two-milligram capsule of capsaicinoids—the spice found in chili peppers—or a placebo each day. Once participants popped the pill, the research team measured their metabolic rate every hour for three hours. The data showed that those who took the capsaicinoids capsule burned 116 calories more per day than the people who just swallowed the placebo.

Researchers say this perk is due to “the thermogenic effect of capsaicinoids,” according to Men’s Health. In other words, your body creates heat as it digests spicy foods, which burns more calories.

Full disclosure: The study received funding from the producers of Capsimax (the same capsaicinoids supplement used in the study) which might raise some eyebrows. Still, this isn’t the first time science has made this claim. In a six-week study at Purdue University, cayenne pepper increased the participants’ body temperatures and the amount of calories they burned.

Plus, that’s not the only perk of eating spicy foods, either. Cayenne pepper has a plethora of health benefits, such as reducing blood sugar, boosting circulation, and improving psoriasis symptoms—all helpful for fending off cardiovascular disease and early death.

Our conclusion? Bring on the heat! 

30 ways to eat more but weigh less

30 Ways to Eat More But Weigh Less: <p>By Olivia Tarantino</p><p>Fill your plate but feel and look thinner? Yes, it's possible!</p><p>I came home to find my roommate, Rachel, sitting motionless at the kitchen table. It didn't take long to realize why she looked so miserable. Her usual plate of meat and veggies was replaced with a small bottle of murky green juice. She was trying to lose weight—again.</p><p>"I can't do this," she confided to me. "The last time I did this juice cleanse, I was so tired—and constantly ravenous! But I don't know what else I can do <a href="http://www.eatthis.com/10-steps-to-lose-10-pounds-fast">lose 10 pounds</a>." </p><p>I knew exactly where Rachel was coming from. Many of us think the only way we can lose weight is either by employing these week-long cleanses or absurdly calorie-restrictive diets. And while these tactics offer short-term fixes, they rarely result in lasting success. In fact, if you're too restrictive, you'll not only slow down your metabolism, but you're also likely to become so fed up (and hungry) that you'll throw in the towel—or worse, binge on an entire carton of ice cream in a single sitting. </p><p>So what did I tell Rachel? "Fill up your plate and embrace eating!"</p><p>Sound too good to be true? Okay, there is one catch. Filling your plate with chips and cookies isn't going to cut the belly fat. But when you load up your plate with the right kinds of foods that keep you satiated throughout the day, you'll start to kick those pesky pounds to the curb. Losing weight should focus less on what you can't eat and more on which nutrient-dense foods you can eat. Following the tips below will ensure that you can sit down to a plate filled with slimming, delicious food that won't leave you wanting more. And while we're on the topic, find out the <a href="http://www.eatthis.com/always-hungry">20 Reasons Why You're Always Hungry</a>, too!</p> 30 Ways to Eat More But Weigh Less

(Provided by: Eat This, Not That)

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