9 Foods and Herbs That May Help You Shed Pounds

Obesity affects more than one-third of adults in the United States, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A major health threat, obesity is known to increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and several types of cancer.

Certain foods and herbs are touted as a natural solution to taming appetite and reducing food intake. Although more research is needed before they can be recommended for any health condition, many of them can be delicious additions to any diet.

If you’re looking to shed pounds, it’s important to combine a healthy, balanced diet with regular exercise. Some studies show that managing your stress levels and improving your sleep quality can also help you slim down. Click through to see the foods and herbs!


Chili Peppers

Cayenne is an ingredient in chili. Photo Credit: Phillip Jones/E+/Getty Images

Updated August 04, 2015.

If you’re looking to lose weight, spicing up your meals with chili peppers might help. In a recent study from the journal Physiology & Behavior, researchers found that eating cayenne peppers may ease appetite and promote calorie-burning—especially among those who don’t usually eat spicy foods.

The study involved 25 people, none of whom were overweight. Of the study participants, 13 regularly ate spicy food and 12 did not.

After consuming dried, ground cayenne pepper, study members showed an increase in their calorie-burning rate. In addition, those who weren’t accustomed to spicy foods experienced a decrease in hunger for fatty, salty, and sweet foods.

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