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Feeling HOT HOT HOT! How to burn belly fat with spicy food

Spice up your meal plan this week by making a heap of mouth-burning meals. You may feel lighter afterwards!

Yep, science says you can turbocharge your weight loss and reduce belly fat by including spicy food in your diet.

Feeling HOT HOT HOT! How to burn belly fat with spicy food

How spicy food can help aid your weight loss

Capsaicinoids are a group of chemicals found in chilli peppers – and they have bioactive and thermogenic properties.

In fact, experts say spicy chilli helps speed up your metabolism and can help you burn as much as 200 extra calories a day!

Feeling HOT HOT HOT! How to burn belly fat with spicy food

Not only do spicy foods reduce your appetite but they also increase energy expenditure. A diet full of burning foods will help blitz your belly fat, one study in particular has found.

This research looked at data from 20 medical studies that used spicy food, involving 563 participants in total.

Experts found that hot food has three main main areas of potential benefit for weight management:

  1. Increased energy expenditure
  2. Increased lipid oxidation (oxidation of fatty acids to either generate energy)
  3. Reduced appetite

Feeling HOT HOT HOT! How to burn belly fat with spicy food

“It was also observed that regular consumption significantly reduced abdominal adipose tissue levels and reduced appetite and energy intake,” suggest the study notes.

“While capsaicinoids are not a magic bullet for weight loss, the evidence is that they could play a beneficial role, as part of a weight management program.”

So it looks like it’s safe to say that spicy food is GOOD for you – you just may have to cut down on the margaritas on Taco Tuesdays!

Check out these spicy Healthy Mummy recipes

Spicy Prawns with Lime Dipping Sauce

If you’re after a super easy lunch or dinner that’s packed with flavour, low in carbs and calories but high in protein, you’re going to LOVE  these Tasty and Spicy Prawns with Lime Dipping Sauce from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

Stuffed Bullhorn Chillies

Stuffed Bullhorn Chillies

A delicious savoury snack for your healthy eating plan that’s super easy to prepare. Bullhorn chillies can be purchased from the supermarket, they are large and therefore not as spicy as small chillies.

YUMMY spicy stuffed capsicum recipe

Spicy Stuffed Capsicum

Get this recipe here.

Spicy Mexican Pinwheels

165 Calorie Mexican Avocado Pinwheels

If you love Mexican you’ll love this simple snack idea. Fresh avocado is paired with kidney beans, tomato, cheese and spices to create these moorish snacks.

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Our Challenge entails: 

  • 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
  • Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
  • Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
  • Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
  • Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels.
  • Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes.

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