Lose Weight by Eating Spicy Food?
I recently read an article in First for Woman that says you can lose weight by eating spicy food. That sounds too good to be true, so I did some more research about it and it seem that the ingredient capsaicin (which is in foods such as habaneros, jalapenos and other spicey foods) really can help people lose weight.
Many scientists are now claiming that capsaicin not only tells the body to burn off calories (rather than store them) but it also turns your existing fat into a form of fat that can easily "self-destruct".
They also claim that capsaicin helps decrease your appetite and it's also a powerful antioxidant. Sounds like some kind of magical cure for obesity, but it isn't quite that simple. Doctors are saying that if you're trying to lose weight, you still need to limit your calories, eat healthy, and exercise. But it seems like adding more spicy foods to your diet really could give your metabolism a good kick in the butt to get it going.
So how much capsaicin do you need? According to the article I read, you multiply your body weight (in pounds) with 68 and that gives you how many micrograms of capsaicin you need.
But what if spice really isn't your thing? The article mentioned a new diet pill called Ignite Maxx which contains the ingredient and each pill has 25,000 micrograms of it. I tried to find some reviews of this pill and I only found a handful on Amazon.com, but they were mostly positive. One person reported experiencing heartburn from taking it, even though the manufacturers claim you won't get heartburn.
So is capsaicin worth trying? I think so. There are tons of studies that show evidence that it does help rev up your metabolism. Even if it doesn't help with weight loss it couldn't hurt to try it anyway, because it is a healthy ingredient to add to your diet.
What do you think? Have you tried this or used Ignite Maxx? I'd love to know what everyone else thinks.