Does eating spicy food help you to lose weight?

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October 26, 2008 2:34am CST
I don't know if this is true. I read on a website that eating spicy food raises the body's temperature, so it helps to burn off more fat, even when you are asleep, than if you don't eat spicy food. I know that drinking green tea, and some herbal teas, increases the rate at which the body uses up calories, and this can help in weight loss. I had not thought about eating hot spicy food to keep weight down. Have you ever tried eating more spicy food to lose weight, or do you know if it has any effect?
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• United States
26 Oct 08
Yes spicy foods that are not too high in fat should help you lose weight because they increase your metabolism. They heat up your body which requires you to burn more calories.
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26 Oct 08
Yes I can see it could be effective if you add spices to low fat nutritional food, rather than just eating more spicy food.
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@GardenGerty (115037)
• United States
26 Oct 08
I have also heard others say that eating cold foods and drinking ice water speeds metabolism, but again, it is not really enough to make you lose weight, just because your body uses calories to warm it up.
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• United States
27 May 09
You dont want to drink cold drinks with anything with fat as it will turn the fat solid and thus harder to pass through system so stays on your body! Have a cup of hot tea with dinner, especially if eating anything fatty to help it stay non solid and pass through the system. As for spicy food its true but its the spicy not the food part. So if you eat something lean with hot sauce like a piece of chicken with rice then it will help. If you eat a spicy beef burrito then no. I add hot sauce when I have a late night snack of baked potato with just the hot sauce and it satisfies my cravings as well as I usually notice I have burned more off during my sleep than if I didnt eat it! I am not a big spicy food fan but I have one sauce I bought at a restaurant in Puerto Rico I love and I try and use it on my lean meat or fish at least 2 times a week and the baked potato at least 1-2 times a week as well and it definitely keeps like 5lbs off me. I notice that some veggies and fruit take my stomach longer to digest so if I snack on them at night I dont seem to burn them off. Get a dog if you dont have one so you are forced to walk 3-5 times a day!
• Malaysia
26 Oct 08
Hi Paid2write, as for me it increases my appetite & I enjoy the food more with the enhanced aroma & taste. But I do notice some people tend to sweat a lot after taken spicy food and also drink more water. I think with the sweating some calories are lost & the amount of water consumed during the meal, one would certainly feel full much faster than anticipated. And excessive intake of food is prevented. However during the hot season like my place over here and combine with spicy food, I have not come across anyone who has loss weight practicing this. Not many people could tolerate spicy food anyway and would most people try this? That would be very interesting to find out. Cheers,
26 Oct 08
That is a good explanation. I was surprised to see this recommended as a way to keep weight off. I don't think it is something many people would try. I like some spice in my food but not to take it to extremes so I would sweat all the time, and it would be important to keep drinking water to replace the loss!
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• Malaysia
27 Oct 08
Thank you for for the compliment. I would have done the same - enjoy the food and not for the sake of thinking it will help in losing some of my weight. Cheers,
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• Estonia
27 Oct 08
There is and doubt ever will be a simple formula for loosing weight exept the reversal of the one that put it there in the first place. i.e eat too much food compared to your energy output and your body will store the excess as fat. Eat too little food compared to your energy output and you will lose weight. It is honestly that simple. No magic foods, powders or tricks. Sorry this post is rather blunt and to the point but the subject of dieting and losing weight has been plagued by the smoke and mirror brigade for so long. Its time we each looked at our own individual lifestyles and hard as it is to accept, we have to change what we are doing to ourselves.. Yours Adrian
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• India
26 Oct 08
No,I don't think so. Eating lots of spicy food can do more harm than good. In fact,it can cause heart problems to be more specific as i have experienced it.
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26 Oct 08
I know that food containing a lot of salt, animal fat and oil will be harmful to the heart. Spice should be used in place of those bad ingredients, not in addition to them.
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• India
26 Oct 08
yes, you are right!just telling the possible implications of using too much spicy food.
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@lavendar (99)
• United States
26 Oct 08
Hi,paid2write I don't think I can lose weight by eating spicy food! Since I almost eat spicy food every meal, However my weight increase continuously and seems no trend of decreasing. So I don't think people can loose weight by eating spicy food!
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26 Oct 08
This is what I thought would happen, I didn't think the information could be right.
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@GardenGerty (115037)
• United States
26 Oct 08
Eating flavorful foods tends to make us want to eat more. Some "experts' suggest taking these things in a capsule, but there is nothing that seems to really back it up. It may have a placebo effect. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables that have a high fiber content are really a better choice. It is propaganda to say these things make you lose weight.
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@JOIEMARVIC (2342)
• Philippines
26 Oct 08
I dont know if that is true.I dont like spicy foods so i really dont know.I guess the best way to loose weight is to eat healthy.have a balance diet.Eat more fruits and vegetables.Drink a lot of water of fruit juices.Exercise too will help in lowering down our weight.Besides eating too much of spicy foods might do something detrimental to our bodies.So i guess i will just exercise and eat a balance meal than resorting to eating spicy foods. HAve a nice day!
26 Oct 08
I agree with you that is the best way. Even if you are not trying to lose weight a well balanced diet is rquired. I try only to eat natural food and I use herbs and spices in preparing my food.
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@hotsummer (10523)
• Philippines
26 Oct 08
me too. i have no idea if this one is true. but i don't want to eat spicy food any more though i really loved it before. one thing i hate with the spicy food is my body had odor when it perpire so i now i have really avoided it successfully. i t was difficult for me to stop eating spicy foods. guess i had enough of spicy food now. that i can stay from it. during the time i eat a lot of it, i smell bad after after eating eat. my sweat smell bad because of those spicy food. i tihnk or believe that those ingreadients like the onions and the chillies are responsible for the smell of the body during perspiration and even when we are not perspiring. i just want to smell great always that is why i have avoided it already.
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@pravakar (54)
• Bangladesh
26 Oct 08
I am a South Asian, and I can assure you that this is not true.
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27 Oct 08
That's what I thought.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
26 Oct 08
I have also read that on several sources. HOwever, if it does 'burn calories' then it would be only a few and I can't imagine it would be enough to show weight loss. Losing weight is still a matter of burning more caloreis than one eats. If I take a bite of a candy bar and then a bite of a jalepeno pepper and do this all day long, I would still gain weight. The spicy pepper's effect on my metabolism could in no way keep up with the calories of the candy bar!
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26 Oct 08
I think you are absolutely right about that!
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@Margarit (3677)
• Philippines
26 Oct 08
I heard that too from a friend of mine once told me to eat spicy food to lose some weight but i dont believe it for i have a uncle who is overweight and he always had a spicy food during meal time. He dont lose weight until now. I guess exercise and balance diet is the best way to lose wieght without any side effect than taking diet pills. Do it in natural way.
26 Oct 08
Maybe it is a myth that has been passed around. I agree the best way is to eat sensibly, with a well balanced diet and regular exercise. I make my own low fat meals, and I only use a little spice to replace unhealthy ingredients.
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@max1950 (2313)
• United States
26 Oct 08
The capsan in hot peppers is known to crank up one;s metabolism and i for 1 eat a few greek pepperonci peppers or chinese chile with each meal and i truly believe it's part or the 80 pounds i've lost over the last 8 months.Of course it's not for everyone i just happen to have no after effects of the peppers or chile if ya know what i mean
26 Oct 08
Well done! I have read that about capsicum peppers, and I know some of them are used in traditional herbal remedies. Thanks for sharing.
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@tonytt2009 (1706)
• China
26 Oct 08
Is that true?For spicy food?I think it works BUT for other reason maybe~`lool`If eating spicy food,becoz too hot I will eat less and thus in the long round~lol`I may lose weight~what do you think?.Plus,I like spicy food~
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26 Oct 08
You may be right. I add spices in place of salt and oily ingredients, so in that way it works too.
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@tikei18 (359)
• Philippines
26 Oct 08
This is the first time I have heard of it. I don't like spicy foods but my husband really like it. Even though he sweats a lot, he still continue eating spicy food. I do exercise and eat less rice. And at the evening I don't eat much. I heard that lack of sleep makes you fatter and lots of sleep makes you lose weight. That's why I try to have enough sleep and have exercise. It is good for the health.
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26 Oct 08
I had not heard of it and that is why I questioned it. I like a little spice in my food, and I avoid eating salty, sugary and fatty foods.
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@juhi06 (1850)
• India
26 Oct 08
that will be really killing!! and more harmful!! there are better ways to loose weight!!
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26 Oct 08
I thought the information was misleading when I read it. I would not try it myself.
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• Singapore
26 Oct 08
When I was much younger, my appetite was extremely poor. My parents slowly introduced spicy food to my meals and slowly I began to accept eating chilli and more spicy stuff. I started to eat more food and my appetite grew because the spiciness in the food makes you eat more. Well, I am not a professional and not trying to give you any wrong ideas here, but I don't think it will work. Why not go out and exercise and lose weight the healthy and natural way?
26 Oct 08
Although I am not trying to lose weight, I eat only good natural food and I exercise daily. I was just surprised to read that information, and I thought it was possibly untrue.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
28 Oct 08
Well this is news to me....In my country ,we eat spicy food all the time,but there are so amny over weight people here,as in other places.So I guess what you have heared is 100% wrong......
28 Oct 08
I doubted it when I saw it. I think the person who wrote it had not done enough research and had limited knowledge of the facts.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
28 Oct 08
But what I said comes from esperince,so there is no reason to doubt it...*smile*.....
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28 Oct 08
I have no doubt about what you said, I know you are right.
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@SomeCowgirl (32255)
• United States
26 Oct 08
I am not sure if this is true or not but I do know that eating spicy foods can make you more gassy and needed to run to the bathroom, but other then that I am not sure.
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27 Oct 08
That would not be pleasant! Eating the right foods with a little spice would be better for health.
1 Jan 09
noooooooooooooo!!!!!!! it worked for meee i sweaaar!!! one day i woz soo hungry an dre woz no food at hme so i had to eat da day befores spicy take out and i luv it wud chili sauce an also n da night i had take out which is reali bad i no bu i had loadsa chili wid it becoz it made me feel less bloated aftawards da next mornen i felt looser n my clothes it woz crazy.. ive been doing it everyday now for the past 6 days an i came to see y its happening here on the net and then i saw ur page trust me it works bu u hav to eat loads of it wud each meal except breakfast u wont lose extremely fast but u will feel lighter an ur stomach will shrink im still expermimenting so if u want al giv u any more detail on how im getting on
31 Oct 08
I think spicy food speeds up your metabolism and like most things it depends on how you do it. If you eat a spicy curry which is laden in fat then that will do more harm than good!
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31 Oct 08
You are right, it's the quality and quantity of food you eat that makes the difference.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
28 Oct 08
Hi, haven't heard this, but if it works, then it's great! I simply love eating, and keeping the fat away, but I'll need something else that will continue to keep the fats away, when I'm no longer working. As I love spicy food, this is definitely good news, if it works!
28 Oct 08
I don't believe believe it works, but now I do know some spices will help to increase metabolism. These will only help if they are part of a good diet.
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@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
27 Oct 08
thats what they say but i guess deoends also the wmount of food we eat i guess.
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28 Oct 08
Yes you are right. To lose weight you would need to eat less food and have a healthy diet.
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• Philippines
27 Oct 08
it could only be a notion. Sjce it's hot, it makes you sweat. But too much of it could be bad to the stomach and the heart too.
27 Oct 08
It is important to eat sensibly and not to have too much of anything.
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• India
27 Oct 08
LOL!! I dunno, we eat spicy food here, but still some of us are fat and eternally trying to lose pounds. I really don't know if a chilli a day keeps fat away. :) Cheers and happy mylotting
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27 Oct 08
I don't believe a chilli a day would keep the fat away, but it's a good rhyme. Happy myLotting.
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