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How to spice up your weight loss plan with chili peppers

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Chili peppers for weight loss and maintenance

Losing weight is no easy task. Finding ways to boost your metabolism and maintain a healthy weight can be challenging. You may want to spice up your weight loss plan with chili peppers to help shed pounds and prevent future weight gain.


Losing weight while you're eating might seem contradictory. But if you incorporate certain herbs and spices into your meal plan you may find yourself exceeding your weight loss goals.

Chili Peppers have been studied for their role in helping to burn fat, turn "bad" or white fat into brown fat and as a calorie burner.

University of Wyoming researchers studied capsaicin that is a compound in chili peppers. The research was done in mice. The results were so promising the scientists are working on a dietary supplement to help fight obesity.

Capsaicin in chili peppers is also a powerful anti-inflammatory that can help ease pain. Cooking with chili peppers could help you move easier if you're dealing with pain issues; making exercise difficult.

Researchers found that even small amounts of capsaicin helped prevent weight gain in mice. According to the University of Wyoming research team, capsaicin could be used for:

  • Avoiding weight gain
  • Reducing body fat
  • Increasing the expression of genes that help product brown fat and more

What else do chili peppers do for health?

In addition to weight loss, capsaicin in hot peppers offer other health benefits that include:

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Healthy soup recipe with chili peppers

Try this tasty soup recipe from eatingwell.com.that is just 246 calories per serving.


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 2 large red bell peppers, halved lengthwise, stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 1-2 fresh green Thai or serrano chiles, stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup unsalted shelled pistachios
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

You can make this soup ahead of time and refrigerate for up to 2 days.


  • Heat oil on medium high heat.
  • Add onion, bell peppers and chile to taste and stir for about 3 to 5 minutes. The vegetables will release some of their juices.
  • Add paprika, cardamon and and salt and continue stirring for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add pistachios and either broth or water and bring to a boil, then turn to medium low and simmer for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, until the peppers are tender.
  • Let cool.
  • Place soup in a blender to puree then return the soup to your pan.
  • Combine buttermilk and cream with a whisk in a separate bowl and then stir into the soup.
  • Warm the soup over low heat and serve with cilantro sprinkled on top - you can also use basil if preferred.

Try adding a little spice to boost your ability to lose and maintain a healthy weight. Chili peppers contain capsaicin that has many benefits that include fat burning properties.

Therapeutic Strategy Using Capsaicin for Obesity Management" - University of Wyoming