Cayenne pepper is high in capsaicin, and this compound is the source of many of the benefits associated with chili peppers. For instance, a study published in the BMC Obesity journal recruited 75 male and female subjects, with ages ranging from 18 to 56 years old.
For the study, researchers randomly assigned either placebo, 2 mg of capsaicinoids (the class of compounds found in peppers), or 4 mg of capsaicinoids dosing for 12 weeks. Following the study, the researchers noticed that after 12 weeks of treatment, body fat was 5.91% lower in the 4 mg subjects than in the placebo subjects.
If you’re not sure how to introduce peppers into your diet, try mixing them into salsa, salad, or even chocolate!
5. Fatty Fish
Fatty fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and these fatty acids may help you lose body fat.
According to a 2010 study, participants who took fish oil supplements lost an average of 1.1 pounds of fat. If you’re looking for a delicious fish recipe, try this Mango Teriyaki Salmon With Brown Rice recipe.