One of the largest obstacles of successful weight-loss can be having a slow metabolism and making it possible for the metabolism to speed up to burn fat, food, and calories more effectively. There are many ways than an individual can alter the speed in which their metabolism processes foods, calories, and fat. However, more times than not there are myths that surround certain foods that claim to enhance metabolic performance and quicken one’s metabolism. Some are truly genuine and effective, and others not so much. This leads me to one of many questions that tends to be asked more than others- Does spicy food speed up metabolism?
To understand the answer to this question you must first look at this concept in its entirety. Claims that spicy foods increase metabolism have long been existent- with this came studies that have been conducted to test what influence eating hot peppers and other spicy substances have on the human metabolism. When a person eats a spicy food their body temperature rises- this is the reason one may feel a warm sensation after they eat foods like chili or consume hot peppers such as jalapenos. Now the body needs to maintain a certain temperature so it works to regulate the base temperature in which the body functions optimally with. This means that eating spicy foods can be effective at requiring that the body work harder to regulate temperature and results in the body burning calories to do so.
However, it only takes a small amount of time for the body to regulate to it’s normal temperature. So the real question lies within other studies that dig deeper by concluding at how long does the body work to regulate temperature and how long is the metabolism consistently sped up? Some of the spiciest substances such as ginger, chile peppers, and black pepper contain the component capsaicin- an element that generates heat naturally, raises body temperature, and increases metabolism. It was also concluded that these spicy foods worked for a longer time-frame to burn calories and fat after being consumed.
Foods such as hot sauce, a bowl of chili, or hot peppers have been proven to boost an individuals rate of metabolism about 8% more than their normal rate. In addition, other studies conduced that people who use spices on their foods tended to consume less calories than others that skipped spicy condiments. There has also been the aspect of “capsaicin” one of the key ingredients in spicy foods that has been indefinitely linked to containing appetite suppressing properties. Among the definite benefits of eating spicy foods to promote fat burning and metabolism increasing effects, there is the downside that an intake of spicy foods can irritate conditions such as heartburn and ulcers.
In conclusion- the answer to the question of whether eating spicy food can increase your metabolism is yes, however is it significant enough that without diet and exercise it can be a long-term supplement for effective weight-loss? This factor still remains to be concluded. However, if you are not an ulcer or heartburn sufferer it is certainly worth a try to see if it can help you achieve your weight-loss goals and kick-start your metabolism with little effort.