Not only can spices save an otherwise boring (but healthy) meal… turns out they can help you burn body fat through the process of thermogenesis. Thermogenesis is simply heat. And since a calorie is a unit of heat, guess what? More thermogenesis = more calories burned.
A recent issue of The Journal of Physiology and Behavior cited numerous studies on several spices that increase thermogenesis, including these findings:
1. Capsaicin, the compound that gives red chili pepper its heat, increases energy via heat expenditure by up to 23 percent after being ingested at breakfast.
2. Black pepper increases body heat (thermogenesis) by bonding to TRPV1 receptors in the brain.
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3. Turmerichas both anti-cancer and pro-thermogenic support.
Combine these three spices – red chili pepper, black pepper, and turmeric – and use them liberally (as much as your taste buds can handle). Just be careful not to overdo – or you’ll end up with more heartburn than fat burn.[Ed. Note: If you want to build more muscle in less time while you burn body fat, pick up nutrition and fitness counselor Jon Benson’s book, 7 Minute Muscle. It’s a complete system for dropping fat and building muscle that’s guaranteed to work for you. Try it for 60 days and prove it to yourself.]