Tired of losing weight through popping pills and drinking slimming tea?
How about burning calories the more natural way?
For chilli lovers, let me bring you some good news. Not only spicy food tantalizes your taste buds, it also helps you lose some weight as you wolf down your tom yum soup or your kimchi fried rice.
Chilli contains this active compound, known as capsaicin which is found in chili peppers and capsicums. It is an irritant which produces a burning sensation, almost similar to the “hot” feeling when you taste anything spicy in your mouth.
The amazing thing is, capsaicin promotes weight loss by reducing one’s appetite and increase the body’s ability to burn fats. Studies have shown that just 10 grams of capsaicin a day, it can significantly increase the fat burning ability in the body! You can get it from a bowl of tom yum soup!
The amount of capsaicin in different kind of chilli differs. The spicier the chilli, the more capsaicin it contains! Chilli padi contains 10x more capsaicin compared tothe Red cayenne, the humble sliced chilli usually served with your fishball noodles or bak kut teh (like the image above)
In addition, due to their thermogenic effect (heat production), capsaicin can increase your body’s metabolism and also decrease body fat accumulation by helping to burn the stored fats in your body. The thermogenic effect is the reason why you feel the hot sensation and sometimes break out in a sweat after eating spicy food.
Cant take chilli? Well, you could start small by adding not chilli per se, but spices such as pepper or little amount of chilli flakes into your soup or pizza. Gradually increase them if you find your threshold has improved, but always get ready with a cup of milk or cold water when you are training to eat spicy food!
Head down to any of the Food Canopy outlets, where you can break out a good sweat after enjoying your spicy food such as Mala Xiang guo, Korean Ramyeon and Mexican spicy qusadillas. Hot, Hot, Hot!!