1. Chili peppers
“Chili peppers (as well as other spicy peppers) are high in capsaicin, the component that gives chili peppers their heat,” explains Alexandra Caspero, R.D., owner of weight-management and sports-nutrition service Delicious-Knowledge.com. What’s special about that? The fiery ingredient increases your metabolism by 15 to 20 percent in the few hours after eating it, says a study out of UCLA. It helps stimulate your metabolism and turn white fat into brown fat, helping further regulate your metabolism, Caspero says. Add half a teaspoon of chili peppers to your breakfast—a study in Physiology & Behavior found this helped people eat fewer calories later in the day and quell cravings for sweet and salty snacks.
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