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When you’re trying to lose weight, keep in mind that you need to attack the issue from two different perspectives. These are a healthy diet and adopting healthy active lifestyle. They work in tandem!

Although both represent a vital step toward a healthier quality, you cannot achieve an effective weight loss program excluding one or the other.

In this case, the whole approach is definitely so much more than the sum of each individual plan of action.

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Before you even consider taking any dietary supplements, you need to know that what they bring to the table is increased levels of anxiety, chances of addictions, stress on your metabolism, and an overall reduction in your quality of life.

Okay, so say you’ve relentlessly eliminated the most toxic elements in your diet and began a workout routine that makes Rocky Balboa look like lazy bum, but you still haven’t made the progress you hoped for.

This is where chili peppers come in.

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If you’re like me, you’re probably always on the search for innovative ways to incorporate these bad boys into your cooking to bring new life into old traditional recipes.

They’re also the perfect ingredient for anyone living far away from the Equator desperately trying get warm after venturing into the Arctic wasteland that might be their neighborhood. Let’s face it – winter can be pretty nuts.

And any excuse to eat more chili peppers is always more than welcome.

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Turns out that chili peppers are loaded with a chemical compound called capsaicin. In the Biophysical Society’s annual meeting in Baltimore, researchers revealed that this compound helped prevent weight gain in mice fed with a high-fat diet.

Best of all is that after 25 weeks of eating capsaicin, these mice, despite being fed the same amount of food and water, actually turned to be much more active than their non-chili-pepper-eating control group counterparts.

So it’s not only the perfect add on to any meal, and it may give an extra boost to work out.

This is vindication for all those meals that cleared my sinuses more than I hoped for.

Original article published at Scientific American.

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