A man I know (we’ll call him Jim), insists that if he sprinkles Tabasco sauce on his breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it will speed up his metabolism and help him “burn off” that meal quicker. A close family friend tops her salads, sandwiches, and dinner with hot peppers because “it makes her metabolism work faster” (let’s call her Marie). Here’s a heads up to Jim and Marie. They are disturbing the flavor of their meals (as neither likes the resulting flavor or Tabasco’d eggs or hot peppers in their soup) without a real benefit. To top it all off (no pun intended), neither of them can figure out why their method is not actually helping them to lose weight.
Jim and Marie are both in their 50’s and are in relatively good physical shape. They both struggle with weight loss that just won’t budge from their midsections. Both have increased the intensity and duration of their work-outs and have become diligent about their eating habits…counting calories, watching grams of fat, eating more fiber, etc. Jim’s sister informed him of the Tabasco “trick”, and Marie read an online article that hot peppers would help her “burn” the fat (and her taste buds… but that’s another story). What Jim and Marie don’t realize is that the key to eliminating their love handles isn’t in “spicing up” their food…. It’s in resetting their overworking pancreas and liver through The Metabolism Miracle way of life.
Metabolic rate, the speed at which your body processes food into energy, is determined by your age, gender, height/weight, and activity level. Note that there is no part of the formula that is determined by spicy, hot foods. If that were true, people who use lots of hot sauce and hot peppers should be very thin…and when you think about it, many are not!
Spicy foods and hot sauces might make you sweat a bit…and this raise in temperature may cause your heart to beat a little faster , but, the results last minutes and have no significant impact!
I mention all of this because it is a myth that I come across a lot, whether it be through clients, magazine articles, or on television. Always remember that there is an answer for every conundrum you might be facing with your body….and it’s never a “quick trick” or a “hot topic scam.” The problem with most people’s weight issues is in a hormonal imbalance of insulin…..and there is a scientific fix for the problem. So, lay off the sauce, and learn the truth! Diane