Best Foods for Weight Loss
5 Slimming and Nutritious Foods
Image: Getty Images
Spicy chilies increase your burn thanks to an antioxidant called capsaicin. A study from the University of California at Los Angeles found that in the few hours following a meal containing capsaicin, calorie burn nearly doubled. (Video: Ramp Up Your Calorie Burn) The antioxidant also significantly increased fat oxidation, pushing the body to use more fat as fuel. Some studies have even found that meals flavored with capsaicin can diminish appetite. Experiment with a few different fresh premade salsas and read the ingredients carefully to get a sense of which peppers speak to you.