There has been lots of research and speculation about the effects of chillies and spicy food in general on the our metabolism and the way our body’s process food. Studies have shown that eating meals with approximately 3 grams of chilli causes the body to, on average, burn 45 more calories than an equivalent meal that does not contain the additional chilli. After eating our metabolic rate increases this is the ‘diet-induced thermic effect’ but chillies can boost this effect by (up to) a factor of 25. Thus eating meals with chilli can reduce the effective calorific content!
It is equally interesting to note that there is strong evidence suggesting that capsiacin; the alkaloid that gives chillies their heat, causes the body to be more likely to burn stored fat for energy than carbohydrates, thus further contributing to weight loss.
Perhaps the most easily supported argument for the dietary benefits of chillies is the simple fact that eating spicy food makes you feel fuller and as such leads you to consume less food overall! Studies recently showed that when a sample of adult men ate a first course heavily laced with hot sauce, they on average consumed 200 calories less from the meal overall than those who did not.
My own personal chilli weight loss tip is to put up a large polytunnel, plant lots of chillies, and spend as many hours as possible working inside….with temperatures often reaching the 40′s and near 100% humidity I have found that substantial weight loss is virtually guaranteed!