Here’s a little known secret for curbing your appetite: hot peppers. They are healthy, nutritious and work in tandem with any weight loss program or diet plan you may be on.

Hot peppers, when eaten early in the day, decreases food intake later in the day.Try adding a little to your omelet in the morning.

Here’s how it helps control hunger: Capsaicin Catalyst

The capsaicin in hot peppers may get the credit for decreasing appetite. The heat-giving ingredient appears to stop sensory information in the intestine from reaching the brain. It basically kills — or stuns — the message that you’re hungry. Capsaicin may also give your metabolism a boost. You get to be happy while you lose weight. LOL! Getting healthy, losing weight and exercising should not be chores, they should be a lifestyle choice.

For a breakfast that will really fire you up, add cayenne, hot red peppers, or jalapeno peppers to an omelet. These hotties all contain capsaicin. Know what? Before I even read this and then passed it on to you, a member of my family used this “secret” and along with a few other changes, such as increasing exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables, not eating late at night and equally importantly having breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen and supper like a pauper. Keeping their highest caloric intake at the beginning of the day so they have all day to expend them. Not only have they both lost in excess of 40 pounds in one year, they are more active, heart rates are down and their blood pressures are bang on. Wow! That is a lot of “bang” for a small vegetable isn’t it?

It is no secret that eating your largest meal at the beginning of the day, IF you are most active throughout the day, is one of the very best, simplest ways to keep your weight in check. Of course, if you are most active throughout the evening or night time hours, that is when you would eat the most. Here is a sample of what you may choose to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you do most of your activities prior to 7p.m.

Upon rising : 6:30a.m: glass of water immediately, the colder the better as it starts the metabolism moving.

Breakfast: 7:30 a.m: 1-6 oz glass of orange juice, 3 oz steak, 2 eggs, 1 slice of whole wheat toast with a dab of butter, 1/2 cup of roasted potatoes (using Pam not oil) a couple of wedges of melon or strawberries or orange slices for edible garnish; one cup of green tea or coffee

Snack: 10:30 a.m: 12 almonds tossed in hot tamari seasoning (get the low sodium or no sodium one) with 12 oz of water, ice cold to keep that metabolism revving on high

Lunch: 12:30 or 1:00p.m: 6-8 oz of roasted chicken or turkey breast, fish, tuna or shellfish with 2 cups of steamed green beans, sliced on the diagonal about 1/2 ” in length, tossed with 4 cups of mixed greens, finely sliced onions, tomatoe and cucumbers and 2 tablespoons of light salad dressing of your choice.

Snack: 3:30 p.m: 1 cup of whole strawberries with 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup

Dinner: 6:00 p.m: a hearty helping of minestrone soup (minus the pasta or as little as you can scoop) with 2-4 slices of crusty whole wheat french bread to dip.

Snack: 9:00 p.m: 3 cups air popped or microwave popcorn, no salt or butter added, large glass of water.

Make sure that through the course of the day you drink at least 8-10 glasses of water. This is one of the biggest tips to lose weight. Water has no calories but takes up lots of room in your stomach. The colder the water, the more your body has to work to get it to body temperature to be able to use it. Hence another way to rev up your metabolism.

So, instead of dieting, using diet pills and starving yourself, learn to eat right. Healthy foods all day long, snacks every 2-3 hours, no diet drinks, (they can really harm you) no crazy exercise schedules (but some exercise is mandatory) Find out how you can get a lot more “secrets” at: