NU­TRI­TION GRIND OUT A LEANER PHYSIQUE HERE’S HOW TO EAT YOUR WAY TO A FLAT BELLY.

Save money on your weekly shop­ping list. The fat-burn­ing ef­fects of reg­u­lar black pep­per are not to be sneezed at.

Men's Health (Singapore) - - PERSONAL -

In the UK, the obe­sity cri­sis con­tin­ues un­abated. Lev­els have tripled in the past 30 years and, if cur­rent rates con­tinue, there will be 11 mil­lion more obese adults by 2030, lead­ing to an ad­di­tional seven mil­lion cases of di­a­betes, six mil­lion cases of heart dis­ease and stroke, and 500,000 cases of can­cer. OK, it’s too heavy a prob­lem for easy an­swers – but the lat­est stud­ies sug­gest you could have a crack at it us­ing what’s al­ready in your kitchen cup­board.

A six-week study re­vealed that piper­onal, a com­pound in black pep­per, sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced the harm­ful ef­fects of a high-fat diet in rats. By the end of the trial, test sub­jects had gained less weight and had lower body fat per­cent­ages and blood sugar lev­els than the con­trol group. The piper­onal even in­creased their bone den­sity. Sci­en­tists con­cluded that com­pounds in pep­per reg­u­late com­mon genes as­so­ci­ated with obe­sity. Plus, re­search pub­lished in Nu­tri­tion & Me­tab­o­lism found that pep­per causes mus­cles to burn more fat dur­ing in­tense ex­er­cise – an­other rea­son to keep your grinder close for pre-work­out morn­ing eggs.

Un­der­used com­pared to salt and far less pricey than the apothe­cary list you’re tak­ing into the su­per­mar­ket, it’s com­fort­ing to know that the true su­per­food has been un­der your nose the whole time. Weight loss needn’t be com­pli­cated – so get crack­ing.

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