Our metabolism is something we are given genetically; and by definition it is “the sum of the physical and chemical processes in an organism by which its material substance is produced, maintained, and destroyed, and by which energy is made available.” In other words, the method and speed at which food and calories are broken down and readily used for energy. We have come to the conclusion that people who can eat whatever they want and still stay “fit” have a fast metabolism; whereas people who eat the same types of food and are not so lucky with their weight have a slower metabolism. We have also come to loosely accept that there is not much we can do about our individual metabolic rate. But this might not be entirely true.
By eating spicy foods such as peppers, hot sauce, cayenne pepper, chili, hot pepper flakes, etc, the metabolism can be naturally increased. These types of foods have been found to contain certain chemical compounds that naturally rev up the metabolism to temporarily produce at a faster and a more efficient rate. There have been many rigorous studies that prove this spicy food theory. One study found that when you eat spicy foods it can raise your metabolism by as much as twenty percent for thirty minutes. (For more information on these studies click here: http://www.livestrong.com/article/411136-spicy-foods-speed-up-metabolism/)
Jim Stoppani, PhD, and senior science editor for Muscle and Fitness Magazine suggests taking two tablespoons of hot sauce thirty minutes before workouts and then chasing it with a pre-workout shake for a serious fat burning experience.
Yes, this sounds absolutely awful, but hey, if it gets you that summer six pack you have been wanting drinking hot sauce is a small price to pay! For more workout tips and advice follow Dr. Stoppani on twitter: @JimStoppani