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Cut 250 Calories per Day with This One Food Trick Report Scientists

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Scientists have recently confirmed that one previously recommended trick recommended by Dr. Oz and other health experts actually works and can cut 250 calories per day - without feeling the pangs of hunger.


You have heard it over and over - fewer calories in and more calories burned equals guaranteed weight loss. However, it also guarantees that you will feel hungrier than usual. But did you know that there are some legitimate food diet tricks for fighting belly fat that can cause you to consume fewer calories without feeling hungry? It’s true, according to some scientific studies that look at the power of peppers.

In a recent article published in the journal Nutrition Today, scientists report that eating spicy peppers does more than just give a little bite with each bite—it also significantly increases your calorie burning metabolism; and, makes you eat less because eating peppers also increases feelings of satiety. And it’s all because of a simple nutritional compound found in many peppers—Capsaicin.

Capsaicin is the active ingredient in peppers (and pepper spray) that gives many peppers a burning sensation on the tongue that can range anywhere from mildly stimulating to intensely painful. The heat (or in some cases the burn) factor of peppers are graded along a specialized chili pepper heat scale called the “Scoville Scale.”

The Scoville scale measures a pepper's heat categorized by Scoville heat units (SHU)―an indication of the amount of capsaicin found in a pepper. Capsaicin can be found in the white pith of the inner wall where the seeds are attached inside a pepper.

The sensation felt from biting into a pepper is due to nerve cells on the tongue that when stimulated by the capsaicin, releases a torrent of neuro-transmitting messengers that spread throughout the body and elicit a host of reactions.

According to the study, three of those reactions include raising metabolism, decreasing appetite and increasing satiety.

The authors report their finding that when given relatively high doses of capsaicin (1.03 to 30 g of red pepper providing 2.25–33 mg of capsaicin) in their meals, that the test subjects experienced a significant increase in their metabolism in comparison to test subjects who were given lower doses of capsaicin or a placebo.

The authors point out that their results support at least one previous study in which 24 healthy men and women who were either normal weight or slightly overweight―and accustomed to eating spicy foods―were randomly provided with 1 of the following 4 treatments:

• 0.9 g of red pepper (0.25%capsaicin (80 000 Scoville heat units) in a glass of tomato juice.

• 0.9 g of red pepper in 2 capsules.

• A placebo (0.9 g vegetable oil) in a glass of tomato juice.

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• A placebo (450 mg vegetable oil/capsule) in 2 capsules.

Each treatment was given 30 minutes before the volunteer ate a buffet-style meal that was monitored and then statistically analyzed for determining the satiety level of each test subject during their respective meals.

What the data showed was that:

• Satiety increased and hunger decreased, after capsaicin ingestion and did not differ between those who were normal weight and those who were overweight.

• Compared with the placebo groups, average calorie intakes were 10% lower when taking red pepper in capsule forms.

• Compared with the placebo groups, average calorie intakes were 16% lower when taking the red pepper in tomato juice. Therefore, based on a typical 1600 calorie per day diet, one should expect to eat just a little over 250 calories less per day.

The researchers determined that a change in food choice explained the reduction in calories consumed; volunteers who were given the capsaicin treatments chose more carbohydrate-rich foods and less fat-rich foods from the buffet than those who were given the placebo before each meal.

The researchers concluded that capsaicin appears to reduce calorie intake through sensory, food choice, satiety mechanisms and by increasing fat-burning metabolism; and therefore, suggests that eating peppers has a positive benefit for individuals seeking an dietary aid toward weight loss in conjunction with regular dieting and exercising.

For more about the health benefits of eating peppers here’s one informative article about how eating one Pucker Butt Pepper a day may save your life.

And, if you want to try making your own capsaicin at home, here's how to make a Capsicum Weight Loss Supplement and save money.

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Reference: Nutrition Today: “Red Pepper Can Enhance Energy Metabolism and Satiety” September/October 2014 - Volume 49 - Issue 5 - p S6-S7, doi: 10.1097/01.NT.0000453845.91592.11