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lemon and cayenne pepper water-- NOT DIET


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I head that having some lemon juice and cayenne in your water early in the day helps jump start your metabolism before you put food in it. I am not talking about the cleanse, which i could NEVER do! 

I had some this morning, and I feel like i had drank a bunch of caffeine almost. Almost hyper! I wonder if that means my metabolism did get a kick to it, but not sure. Anyone know of this to be true? 

I put very little cayenne, i can barely taste it but i can def see it floating around in the water. I already ate a veggie omlette for breakfast and a grapefruit so i am def not on a cleanse!

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thhq
Feb 23 2010 18:09
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Why not just put the cayenne on your grapefruit? Laughing

Original Post by melika08:

I head that having some lemon juice and cayenne in your water early in the day helps jump start your metabolism before you put food in it. I am not talking about the cleanse, which i could NEVER do! 

I had some this morning, and I feel like i had drank a bunch of caffeine almost. Almost hyper! I wonder if that means my metabolism did get a kick to it, but not sure. Anyone know of this to be true? 

I put very little cayenne, i can barely taste it but i can def see it floating around in the water. I already ate a veggie omlette for breakfast and a grapefruit so i am def not on a cleanse!


Placebo effect

It is a fact that eating hot chiles will increase your metabolism somewhat.  This is why it's suggested that you have some early in the day. 

Original Post by melika08:

I wonder if that means my metabolism did get a kick to it, but not sure. Anyone know of this to be true? 

I've read that acidic foods make no difference, and while spicy foods have a small effect, it's so small as to be insignificant.

haha i just tried it :) it was really really good and i felt great! probably placebo though :p

I like it too, honestly cannot even taste the cayenne, but if the master cleanse has been proven to work (which I could never stand to do)  and its pretty accepted that spicy foods increase ur metabolism, it can't hurt. I don't expect miracles. 

What is the master cleanse?

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What is the master cleanse?

A crazy-**** thing that people do to lose weight where they imbibe a retched cocktail of lemon, water, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper, and then lemon water the rest of the day - it pretty much makes you go to the bathroom a lot, so it seems like you lose weight. And then as soon as you start eating normally again, you gain it back (I had a friend who did it... man, was she miserable).

The best part is that if you keep with it, supposedly people reach a day where they feel wonderful and swear that this was the best idea ever. Unfortunately, that lines up pretty well with the starvation-induced euphoria that people can experience when they are, well, starving.

Hey, you aren’t the only one! People we're mentioning this to me months ago before I had joined CC and I had to go to youtube to get my info!

I finally read more about it after watching people mix up their gross concoction, and this one girl who was on it for 40 days and became a skinny hottie (real? dunno!) and how you HAVE TO eat a specific way when you come off the cleanse b/c you just put your body through hell. Something about drinking orange juice only the first day then just fruits then like days and days later finally eating carbs, meat and vegetables again. There is talk that you loose lean muscle during this time so you'll put on even more weight afterwards and your metabolism will be shot. Beyonce did it for that Dream Girls movie so it became popular. She was by no means fat and has a super trainer I’m sure that helped her re-build any lost muscle afterwards.

But yea, its starvation and laxative tea. If you ever watch The Office, that dopey girl went on it and it when they were doing employee weigh-ins as a new wellness plan was it was a pretty funny portrayal of the silly people who resort to this silly plan. Youtube that too! 

well i wasn't talking about doing the cleanse, i was just wondering if drinking cayenne and lemon juice water and eating regularly raises your metabolism.

thhq
Mar 01 2010 17:51
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Exercising raises my metabolism 500 calories per day.  If eating cayenne makes you want to run a 5K, run the 5K and give cayenne the credit for boosting your metabolism.

Personally I've never found that eating anything increased metabolism.  It has been demonstrated that  eating raw cruciferous vegetables can REDUCE metabolism by suppressing thyroid activity, but I don't eat enough cabbage salads to worry about it.

This article is long on tips for metabolism boosters:

http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/health/t oplists/15_fatburning_foods/15_fatburning_foo ds.html

Capsaicin is claimed to be beneficial by itself, and in combination with coffee or meals (though lemon juice is not mentioned).  The benefit is partly due to increased metabolism, partly due to reduced appetite.  Unfortunately there is no documentation of any controlled experiments on metabolic rates.  Appetite suppression might be measurable using blood sugar tests.  Here's a study on the effect of eating a pickle/yogurt/bread diet which by all appearances has appetite-suppressing ability:

http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/74/1/96

Once you start thinking about a thing....from here on I'm mainly writing notes to myself, but they might be generally interesting.....

The following article compared low (cooked barley grain) and high (bread) GI sources of carbohydrates served as fixed portions in controlled meals:

http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/reprint/59/5/1075?ijk ey=dae22739d749088f15107aa8db07d75088c3cf43

What's interesting about this study is that it links an index of satiety, or hungriness, with the GI level of the carbohydrate.  It is shown that the higher the GI, the faster hunger sets in.  About half of the recommendations in the nydailynews link for fat-burning - suppressing your appetite by eating high protein (GI = 0) or whole grain meals (low GI) - are a result of the low GI effect.

I'm still hunting for something on the rationale for what cayenne may do. No studies so far, but some generalizations.  First, it's claimed that an 8% increase in metabolism results for a short period after eating the pepper.  Knowing that I burn 70 calories per hour at rest (close to eating burn), and if the effect lasts an hour, that's an additional .08 x 70 = 6 calories burned per meal.  If ate peppers all day there might be a cumulative effect, but for a single shot at breakfast I wouldn't expect much more.  Second, it's claimed that the peppers increase satiety, and that as a result you eat less in a meal by as much as 200 calories.  Maybe so, but if you're counting calories it wouldn't change anything, and increasing your satiety is not the same as increasing your metabolic rate.  Besides which the effect is gone after the pepper digests, which might drive you to want a big snack.

So the metabolism bump looks like no big deal.  But if eating peppers can really increase satiety, it should reduce hunger pangs on the same amount of food and keep you on target with your counts.  And that's a good thing.

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