FitLinks: Black Pepper Fights Fat?

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In May 2012, the top fitness articles ranged from new research that explores the fat fighting abilities of black pepper to how drinking water at meals can help curb appetite and promote better food choices. A particularly important study this month supports the Waist to Height ratio as a more reliable predictor of health than BMI that is now the standard of measuring health across populations.

There were also some very sobering predictions about the state of fitness in the U.S. In one study, scientists predict the number of Americans with diabetes will rise 64% to 53 million by 2025. Another by the CDC predicts 42 percent of Americans will be obese and 11 percent will be severely obese by the year 2030. This means more than 32 million more people will fall into one of these categories costing our healthcare system over $500B.

Fitness News & Research | May 2012

  • Greasy Foods May Slow Down Metabolism? (

  • Sleep Lessens The Effect Genes Have On Weight (usa today)

  • Eating Fast Increases Diabetes Risk (science daily)

  • U.S. Obesity Rate Set to Soar, Costing $500+ Billion: CDC (yahoo)

  • Water With Meals May Encourage Wiser Choices (medical news)

  • 96% of Chain Restaurants Fail to Meet U.S. Nutrition Guidelines (la times)

  • Egg Proteins For Breakfast Keeps You Feeling Full For Longer (medical news)

  • Diabetes Population May Rise To 53 Million Within 13 Years In USA (liebertpub)

  • Waist-to-Hip Ratio Better than BMI? (nydailynews)

  • General Fitness Articles | May 2012

  • The WeBike Lets You Exercise While You Work (ubergizmo)

  • Must-See Fitness Videos | May 2012

  • Daily Bio Energizer Warm Up Routine (strengthcamp)

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    The last day of every month, we include links to most relevant news, research, articles, and videos that we find during the month that are informative, useful, entertaining, or a combination of all three. If you ever come across an article or video that is worthy of being added to our monthly review, let us know!

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    12 Comments on “FitLinks: Black Pepper Fights Fat?

    1. Dan
      May 31, 2012 #

      Hi Marc, Firstly thanks for all the great tips and such knowledgeable articles. Ive just started (about 2 weeks ago) to try and lean off a bit as i was getting a bit of a belly! Im currently doing strength training (your chest and abs workout) about 3 times a week and running or exercise bike 6 times a week. I am however getting a bit confused by all the diets and low carb/low calorie etc. arguments! On a normal day i have an apple and banana for breakfast, a packet of crisps, apple, salad (normally with either egg, tuna or turkey) and a digestive chocolate bar for lunch. For my evening meal i usually have some kind of veggie meat, lean meat (turkey) or fish with veggies. I’ve cut out potatoes, rice, bread and pasta. Does it sound like im on about the right lines? Thanks in advance for your help, so confusing to someone who’s never even been to the gym!! Dan :)

    2. Megan
      May 31, 2012 #

      Hi Marc – just recently discovered your site and am still working my way through your archives. Really well-written, documented articles – thoughtful and balanced and easy to understand. Question: do you have any plans to write anything specific to women? I ask because many of your entries, especially the strength training ones, seem to be geared towards men. I’d love to see a couple of articles designed for the unique needs and physical attributes of women. Just a thought – thanks!

      1. June 3, 2012 #

        Megan – Thanks for the kinds words regarding my website. I don’t foresee writing any articles in the near future that are specific to women. You are right that woman do have their own questions/issues/concerns/desires etc. Most of the articles on the site are gender neutral, but the rest are focused more on the male population, which is my specialty. How I think about it is BuiltLean is male oriented, but can certainly be enjoyed by woman who are looking to get strong, lean, athletic figures (not the “skinny” look). I’m assuming that wasn’t the answer you were looking for, but who knows, it’s possible the BuiltLean site/brand will expand in the future to have more female specific articles.

    3. Priscilla L. Martin
      June 1, 2012 #

      Hello Marc. I, some time ago, did an experiment with black pepper. At the time it was just an expeiment. Now, seeing your article on black pepper, I have come to think that black pepper does help burn fat. Thank you for sharing.

    4. James Vee
      June 2, 2012 #

      If it’s true then I should have about 0% body fat because I put a ton of black pepper on just about everything I eat.

      1. June 5, 2012 #

        Haha. That’s a good point. I think most of these “fat burning foods” etc. are mostly ineffective. Just reporting what the research is showing, but in the future should probably include a brief analysis of the claims.

    5. Seb
      June 3, 2012 #

      Hi Marc. I work-out 3x times a week. I do cardiovascular exercises and building muscle exercises the same day. is this wrong? Should I do them separately like I do building muscle exercises 2x’s a week and cardiovascular once a week? Is it bad if you workout more then 3x’s a week? Or should I do build muscle exercises 3x’s a week and cardiovascular exercises 2x’s a week. Is it bad If i do cardiovascular exercises and building muscle exercises on the same day?

      1. June 7, 2012 #

        @Seb – wow, that’s a lot of questions! You sound like a good candidate for a structured fitness program to take the guesswork out of it, like my BuiltLean Program. With that said, I’ll do my best to answer most of your questions. Yes, you can separate cardio and weights, or do them together in the same workout. It’s up to you and your schedule. There is no definitive research that says either way is superior and even if there was, what matters most is exercise adherence. I would limit cardio activity to HIIT during a muscle building program to be completed at the end of your workout, or on a separate day. You can workout all day long like some professional athletes, but I’m assuming you want to have a life. My guess is somewhere around 3-6 workouts per week is a great target.

    6. Seb
      June 9, 2012 #

      ok thanks ill workout 3x’s a week, and just do cardio after!! Thanks and I’m sorry I’m so annoying with all these questions I’m trying to get stronger/muscular.

      I would get the built lean program but I don’t want to use weights becuase, I saw a video and it said that lifting weights widens your heart is that true.

      I would get the built lean program but I’m only 15 and I don’t have a job, yet so I can’t get it.

      I’m sorry with all these questions/ being annoying , I’ll ask someone else since I’m bothering you, Sorry!

      1. June 11, 2012 #

        Hey Seb, there is absolutely no evidence that lifting weights will widen your heart. If you have come across any research studies that prove otherwise, please let me know.

    7. Tom
      June 10, 2012 #

      Hi Marc,

      The technical article said that pepper may help. But it is not proven yet. I use black pepper everyday to season food. It’s great. But I’m not convinced it helps loose fat.


      1. June 11, 2012 #

        Would have to agree with you, Tom.

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