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I’ve heard drinking gallons of water can help you lose weight, but peppers??? Yeah! You know how you sweat when you’re eating buffalo wings? Well, there may be a reason why you’re shirt is drenched!

True or false: eating spicy foods will help you lose weight.

False. Sort of. Spicy foods will not significantly increase a person’s metabolism or help them burn significant calories. Your metabolic rate is determined by your gender, height, present weight/body composition, and age.

If you’ve ever broken out into a sweat while munching on Buffalo wings or downing a bowl of spicy chili, you have experienced one of the long-rumored effects of capsaicin – it generates body heat. This process, called thermogenesis, does burn calories.