Healthy Food Pairings That Can Only Help Your Weight Loss Journey

Chicken and cayenne pepper

The weight loss benefits of both of these foods can be a little overblown, leading some to base entire diets around them. But eating just one or two foods all the time is simply not sustainable.

Whole Roasted Spatchcock Chicken with Norah Mills Cayenne Grits, Oven  Dried Tomato, Sautéed Spinach and Chanterelle Mushroom Gravy at the new 
Addie's restaurant photographed in Potomac, MD.
Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post via Getty Images
Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Nonetheless, a 2014 study in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism found that protein-grilled chicken breasts not only help the body feel full but provide more energy to help the body burn fat during exercise. A 2017 study in Bioscience Reports found that the capsaicin in cayenne pepper also helps the body feel full, so it’s a handy way to flavor that chicken.