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  1. Turn up the "heat" to shed pounds effortlessly

    Now that we're at summer's doorstep, it sure is getting HOT out there.

    And while reaching for refreshing summer produce like cucumbers and watermelon can cool you down, SPICY foods can actually do the same!

    That's because a compound that gives hot peppers their spiciness -- called capsaicin -- also triggers your sweat glands, causing your body to cool itself down .

    And according to the latest research, the "burn" of capsaicin won't just help you beat the heat -- it can even help you melt off excess pounds.

    This morning, I shared with you how being on the bigger side can up your chances of developing 12 different types of cancer. To shed that weight, I recommended getting a little more activity and adopting the Paleo diet.

    But as it turns out, those aren’t your only options.

    In this latest meta-analysis, Iranian researchers reviewed a bundle of high-quality studies that looked at the effects of capsaicin on weight loss.

    And if you love spicy food, it’s time to rejoice, because study after study found that capsaicin led to SIGNIFICANT weight loss in humans when compared to a placebo.

    The theory is that when capsaicin hits your system and gets you sweating, it turbo-charges your metabolism, helping you burn more calories and fat… without lifting a finger.

    Plus, spicy foods can make you feel full more quickly than bland foods -- and they satisfy the same parts of your brain that light up when you eat salt .

    That means that when you top your fish, meat, or veggie dishes with some spicy salsa, you'll be less likely to crave that bowl of salty, carbo-bomb tortilla chips.

    And capsaicin's benefits don't stop at your waistline. Their anti-inflammatory properties have been shown in studies to slash your risk of heart disease... respiratory problems... and even cancer.

    We also know that capsaicin has antimicrobial properties that can kill the bad bugs in your gut, allowing for a healthier balance of bacteria in your belly that favors weight loss.

    So, when you fire up the grill this summer, don't be shy about "firing up" your mouth!

    Milder types of peppers like shishito and jalapeño are great on their own grilled up as a side dish, while tongue-scorchers like habaneros and "ghost peppers" (the world’s hottest chili) are easier to handle when chopped up and used sparingly, like in a big pot of chili.

    The hotter the pepper, the more concentrated its content of capsaicin -- but you don't need to start a four-alarm blaze in your mouth to reap the benefits.

    Try adding a pinch of cayenne or chili powder to your savory dishes... or you can even sprinkle a dash of these powdered peppers over sweet fruits like mango or pineapple, like they do south of the border.

  2. Lose weight by cutting processed foods

    The surprising trick to losing weight effortlessly

    Whether you've been told to count calories, "points," or carbs, trying to shed pounds can often feel like a numbers game.

    If you want to lower your number on the scale, you've got to do the math about what you put in your mouth.

    Right?

    And on some popular diet plans, that means that you can polish off a pack of M&M's or a super-size soda -- as long as the arithmetic works out at the end of the day!

    Well, I'm here to tell you that the QUALITY of the food you eat -- not the QUANTITY -- is the real secret to weight loss.

    In a new study, Stanford University researchers assigned about 600 overweight folks to follow either low-fat or low-carb diets.

    But no matter which group they joined, all of the participants took nutrition courses that trained them to choose WHOLE foods over PROCESSED foods.

    In the low-fat group, that meant selecting foods like fresh fruit, steel-cut oats, and quinoa over soda, white rice, and sugary snacks.

    In the low-carb group, it translated to choosing "good" fats and proteins like olive oil, salmon, avocados, nut butters, and grass-fed beef instead of trans fats and processed meats.

    Both groups were allowed to eat as MUCH as they wanted -- with no set carb, fat, or caloric limits -- as long as they focused on eating real, minimally processed foods.

    After one year, both groups lost about the same average amount of weight, and it was pretty significant: 13 pounds in the low-carb group and nearly 12 pounds in the low-fat group.

    Imagine losing a DOZEN pounds without counting a single thing!

    All you have to do is wean yourself off of heavily processed foods, especially those made with refined starches and added sugars.

    Now, even though the low-fat and low-carb groups in the study shed roughly the same number of pounds, that doesn't mean that the diets are equally healthy.

    If you've been reading my eTips for a while, you know that I'm not a fan of low-fat diets -- because our bodies and our brains NEED fat to function properly.

    And studies consistently show that low-carb diets have the edge over low-fat diets when it comes to reversing diabetes... reducing the risk of stroke and early death... and keeping weight off over the long haul.

    That's why I recommend that my patients follow the Paleo (a.k.a. "caveman") diet, which dispenses with ALL grains, sugars, and processed foods.

    You'll feel plenty full by eating as much fresh produce, meat, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, and seeds as you want!

    I'll have more about processed foods for you in tomorrow's edition of eTips. Keep an eye on your inbox.

  3. Paleo diet helps post-menopausal women keep weight off

    How to fight fat... with FAT! Valentine's Day is here already -- and with each passing year, it can seem like there's "more" of you to love. Hey, it happens. Your metabolism plunges... you're less active than you used to be... and soon enough, you're shopping exclusively for clothes with a stretchy waistband. And when those extra pounds park themselves...
  4. Cinnamon helps burn fat

    Bark up this tree to keep holiday weight gain in check When you're trying to shed pounds, the holiday season can really throw a wrench in things. There are all those tempting party buffets... sugary gifts... and heck, even some of the decorations around you are edible! It may FEEL like a losing battle -- but according to a new...
  5. Black tea helps keep your weight in check

    The British secret to staying slim When you're having a tough time shedding pounds, programs that promise "effortless" weight loss can seem oh so attractive. But whether they involve popping a pill... rubbing on a cream... or wearing a strange garment under your clothes, they're usually a HUGE scam designed to lighten nothing more than your wallet. But according to...
  6. New measure to replace BMI

    There's a new health measure to replace BMI, but it may not measure up when it comes to identifying health risks.
  7. Are greenhouse gases making you fat?

    Gaining weight? Don't blame your own lousy habits -- blame global warming instead!
  8. Overeaters are underthinkers

    Want to keep your mind? Lose the weight. I won't mince words here: Fat people have a higher rate of any number of brain problems, from depression right on up the ladder to dementia.
  9. The forbidden way to boost your brainpower

    You've heard tons about nicotine over the years, and almost all of it's wrong -- because no matter what the Health Police say, this stuff isn't bad for you.
  10. What apnea really looks like

    Want to see something really scary? Check out this video. It's a man with sleep apnea. Watch as he stops breathing. Try to hold your breath along with him -- just don't try too hard, because you might pass out: The man stops breathing for a full 40 seconds.

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