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Updated 30 April 2013

Burn off the fat

Breaking out in a sweat while eating a spicy meal may be a good way to shake a few kilos. Add spices to your meals, and reap the benefits, just don't go overboard.

Breaking out in a sweat while eating a spicy meal may be a good way to shake a few kilos. Add the following spices to your meals, and reap the benefits – just don't go overboard if you suffer from heartburn or have a peptic ulcer.

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Red chilli pepper: capsaicin, the compound that gives red chilli pepper its heat, has been reported to boost heat generation by the body, which helps to burn more energy; black pepper: studies suggest that this spice stimulates metabolism; ginger: the compounds that give this spice its kick also boost heat production, experts say; and mixed spice: this mixture of black pepper, red chilli, turmeric, cumin, ginger and so on, can also kick-start your metabolism.


 
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