Does Spicy Food Burn More Calories?

Spicy food is said to help you lose weight by boosting calorie consumption. The pungent substances contained in chili, ginger, and other foods, such as capsaicin, have a warming effect on the body. And wherever heat is generated, energy must also be consumed. That’s true, but spicy food is still not suitable for losing weight. Because the heat effect only has a negligibly small effect on calorie consumption. The sharpness has no effect at all on fat burning.

While spicy food doesn’t melt the love handles, it can still have a positive impact on your health – provided you’re healthy, used to the heat, and don’t have a sensitive stomach. Then the pungent substances can have a positive effect on indigestion. The production of gastric juice is stimulated and fatty foods, in particular, are better digested. If you have a sensitive stomach, you should therefore avoid overly spicy foods. On the contrary, they can cause stomach pain or diarrhea. Heartburn can also worsen when the body produces more gastric juice.

In any case, the calorie consumption cannot be significantly increased by adding chili, ginger, and hot spices. In order to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take in. A low-calorie, but balanced diet helps here. Drinking a lot can help you lose weight. In addition, sport and exercise in everyday life are the most effective ways to burn more calories.

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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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