Eat Hot Peppers to Burn Extra Calories, Fat
Dieters Get Boost From Hot Pepper-Like Compound in Study
Peppers for Weight Loss: Second Opinion
''It needs further study as far as a potential weight loss product," says
Lauri Byerley, PhD, RD, an associate professor of research at Louisiana State
University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, who reviewed the study results
She points out, too, that people in the UCLA study were very obese, and on a
very low-calorie, liquid diet supervised by health care professionals.
So the results could differ for people dieting by cutting back on portions
or fat, for instance.
People on liquid diets typically experience rapid weight loss, partly
because they have so much to lose, so dieters who expect slower weight loss may
not benefit as much from the DCT, she says.
“We can't conclude yet whether this approach would help people seeking
slower weight loss, because they have less to lose," Byerly tells WebMD.
Even so, she agrees with Heber that piling on the peppers can't hurt. "[But]
it's got to be someone who likes the spice," Byerly says.
Advice for Dieters
The type of DCT used in the study isn't available on the market, Heber
But someone who wants to get a potential DCT-like boost could add chili
spices to their dishes, he says.
As a way to burn calories, he says, it's not a primary strategy but an
add-on. "I would put it in the same category as green tea and caffeine," Heber
Still, he sees no downside. The DCT, he says, "is not absorbed into the
body. It doesn’t get out of the gut."