Are Hot Peppers an Alternative Weight Loss Method?

hot-peppers-capsaicin-weight-loss-factspyThere have been numerous questions and debates regarding hot peppers as a weight loss option. Many people wonder if it has the potential of being an alternative in the never ending cycle of weight loss alternatives.  It is first important to find out if hot peppers really do encourage the loss of weight.

Capsaicin makes hot peppers hot

Hot peppers contain capsaicin, which is the element that is responsible for that fiery taste in peppers. When ingested, capsaicin stimulates the body to burn more fat to produce energy. This is what feels to you like your body burning up. In real sense, more fat is being burned to produce this heat.

There are usually two kinds of fat in the body, which is the white fat, and the brown fat. White fat is what most overweight and obese people have, and brown fat is available in small amounts to help regulate body temperature.

Hot peppers can promote weight loss

What capsaicin does is convert white fat into brown fat which then burns very quickly to produce heat for the body through a process referred to as thermogenesis. Numerous studies have shown that capsaicin is more than capable of converting white fat into brown fat, and therefore the bottom line is that hot peppers can promote weight loss.

The question therefore remains whether hot peppers can be used as an alternative to other weight loss methods such as dieting or exercising. The truth is that hot peppers alone as a weight loss strategy may not be the best idea. It will be most effective when used as an add-on to your ongoing weight loss regimen.