Cayenne pepper originated in South American and shares its name with the capital city of French Guiana. It has been used by Native Americans for several thousand years and, over the course of the past few decades, has been used by newer Americans to season food. While cayenne pepper does add a unique flavor to food, it’s recent rise in popularity is attributed to its many health benefits. A small dose of cayenne pepper has been proven to aid in the breaking up of congested mucus, alleviate stomach problems, and greatly reduce migraines. It can also be utilized by those who are trying to lose weight to speed up the burning of calories, a function which we’ll be examining in this article.
While cayenne pepper has not been studied enough to be recommended as a mainstream weight-loss supplement or appetite suppressant, it has been the focus of several investigations which have found it to be a successful agent of weight loss. For example, a study carried out at Purdue University found that the consumption of cayenne pepper led to an increase in core body temperature. This increase in core body temperature meant that the body was burning calories at a greater level and with greater speed, resulting in modest weight loss.
A second study discovered that a dose of ten grams of cayenne pepper per meal brought about a reduction of appetite. Those who added cayenne pepper to their food benefitted from burning ten calories more than their non-cayenne consuming counterparts. Whether this means one gram of cayenne pepper is equal to one calorie burned is up for debate, but until there is some confirmation either way you should probably avoid adding fifty grams of cayenne pepper to your food in an attempt to burn fifty calories.
One of the reasons the cayenne pepper weight loss diet is so popular is the spice’s versatility. There is no shortage of boring, overly-strict, downright difficult to adhere to diets out there and it’s safe to say that all of us have tried at least a couple in our time. Something like the cayenne pepper diet, which allows you to experiment a little and have a bit of fun while losing some weight, comes as a welcome change. There are dozens of ways in which cayenne pepper can be used in food preparation, maybe even hundreds if you’re creative. Many people choose to add cayenne pepper to spice sauces, curry being the most obvious and the most popular. Others prefer to add it to more everyday foods, such as soups and pasta dishes. It can be used as a dressing or even to literally spice up mundane diet staples like eggs and fish.
Another interesting and increasingly popular method of consuming cayenne pepper for weight loss is by mixing it with lemon and enjoying it as part of a healthy juice drink. This is recommended by a number of dieticians as lemon is another agent of weight loss, so those who are serious about shedding excess fat will benefit from the concoction immensely. There are a number of commercial cayenne pepper and lemon drinks which are touted by their various manufacturers as the only real way to achieve any significant weight loss. However, marketing is marketing, and the same results can be attained by making the drink at home yourself. All you have to do is heat up some water – get it to the point that it is warm, but definitely don’t let it boil – and add a ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Once you have stirred that, take half a lemon and squeeze its juices into the water. Give the mixture another stir, and you’re good to go. Some people like to go one step further and add maple syrup to the drink. This is not essential, but it can lead to faster results.
It should be noted that abiding by the cayenne pepper diet is by no means the only thing you have to do to get a healthy body. While it is effective in burning calories and giving you a slimmer frame, you’re going to have to hit the gym for regular workouts to build muscle and increase your stamina and general cardiovascular well-being. The cayenne pepper diet by itself is almost useless, but when combined with a consistent and well-thought-out workout routine, will give you the short-term results you desire and the energy required to achieve your long-term goals.