The alkaloid responsible for the spicy flavour in hot peppers is called capsaicin.
This pungent compound has been reported to increase energy expenditure (through its epigenetic action on the UCP3 gene) and to induce fat oxidation – two desirable mechanisms in weight loss.
The regular consumption of capsaicin may also help decrease the risk of various cancer types, including glioma and colorectal, breast, lung, and liver cancers.
Add cayenne pepper to your diet in a few ways
You can cook with the pepper, but this may be difficult to do each day. You can also buy powdered cayenne pepper and add it to your water, smoothie, or protein shake. About 28 grams of fresh chili pepper or 1 gram of dried chili pepper can be enough to provide benefits.
If you aren’t a fan of the taste of cayenne, try adding it to dishes that are already flavourful. Add small amounts to curries, stews, chili, or Mexican food. Or include capsaicin as a supplement in your diet. Take either 30-120 milligram capsules or 0.3-1 milliliter of liquid tincture one to three times per day.
Taking cayenne alone isn’t going to cause drastic weight loss. Make as many healthy choices in terms of eating as possible. You should also make sure that you drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is great for your overall health, and it helps to keep your body from becoming accustomed to the cayenne pepper.
Exercise burns extra calories, boosts your metabolism, and encourages efficient body systems. The lean muscle you’ll build from regular exercise will burn fat even while you’re inactive. The more you exercise, the better you’ll feel both physically and mentally.
Coach Ondrej Leipert
“Great option is use capsaicin as non-stimulant fat burner, so can be use before bed (but very low thermogenic effect) I like to use capsaicin/hot peppers more as health enhancement, then fat burner.”