If you are trying to lose a few pounds, you should think of adding certain foods to your diet – not all the calories are created equal and some of the foods will actually help you to burn more fat but save your lean muscles. Don’t miss out on spices and foods high in healthy fats – they can only help you. And if you don’t know where to start, keep reading!

1. Hot Peppers

Chili peppers are rich in a compound called “capsaicin” that gives them their zip and heats up the body, fires up the metabolism and helps to burn off excess calories. Capsaicin is present in fresh, pickled and dry peppers, along with flaked pepper spices like cayenne and red chilies. You can add some chili to soups, salads, sauces or rice and meat dishes.