16. Spice it up
Make a point to use more chili peppers and other spices in your cooking—in homemade soups, salad dressings, meat marinades, and even breakfast scrambles. Along with potentially lowering your risk of heart disease and cancer, spicy foods may help you lose weight. The secret weapon is capsaicin, the compound that gives peppers their spice. There’s some evidence that it activates the same brain receptors that tell you you’re full, leading you to eat less. Capsaicin also may prompt your body to turn jiggly white fat into energy-burning brown fat.
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