“Oatzempic” trend: Should you try the oat drink for weight loss? Experts weigh in.


Another weight loss trend is making the rounds on social media – this time in the form of a drink called “Oatzempic”. The name combines a reference to oats, one of the drink's ingredients, with a play on words Ozempicthe diabetes drug that has become popular for weight loss – even though there are no prescription medications.

Some TikTok users claim that the drink – made from oats, water and lime juice – can help someone lose up to 40 pounds in just two months. However, experts advise being wary of any trend that promises to shed pounds quickly.

Lisa Valente, registered dietitian and nutrition editor at Healthline, calls the trend “smart marketing for something that has no merit.”

“Oat blends are not the same as prescription medications. “It also appears to be a dangerous trend that promotes eating disorders and is neither nutritionally sound nor scientifically sound,” she told CBS News.

Maggie Evans, a registered dietitian and nursing specialist at virtual cardiometabolic care platform 9amHealth, calls the trend an “extreme measure.”

“As we have already seen whether it is so Master Cleaning“For example, water fasting or other extreme diets, these (trends) can lead to short-term weight loss results, but are not the healthiest or most sustainable way to achieve that weight loss,” she says.

TikTok has not blocked the term or hashtag (a step it appears to have taken for other body image-related topics as well). Trends like “legging legs”), but if you search for “oatzempic” in the app, a banner pops up that says “You are more than your weight” and links to resources.

Problems with rapid weight loss

“Rapid weight loss can be possible by significantly restricting calorie intake, and this drink is fairly low in calories. “So if you use it as a meal replacement, it can lead to rapid weight loss,” explains Valente. “However, I wouldn’t recommend it as it is not a safe way to lose weight.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who take a gradual, steady weight loss approach are more likely to be able to maintain their weight than people who lose weight quickly.

“If a person stops the Oatzempic diet, they will likely gain back the weight they lost and may end up in a yo-yo dieting cycle,” says Dr. Avantika Waring, endocrinologist and chief medical officer at 9amHealth. “We know that medically speaking, if you repeatedly lose and gain weight, it can actually be more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.”

According to Waring, rapid weight loss can also result in:

  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Hair loss
  • An influence on the body's ability to regulate body temperature
  • irritability

“Undernourishing the body can also lead to constipation, dehydration, dizziness and menstrual irregularities,” she says.

But aren't oats healthy?

Yes, oats are a heart-healthy whole grain that can be part of a balanced diet, say experts and their high fiber content can also help us feel satisfied and full for longer. But they are not a “magic solution” to weight loss.

“We have no data to suggest it is effective for weight loss, and it is likely that a mixed oat drink for breakfast would be as healthy as eating a bowl of oatmeal with no added sugar or just garnished with fresh fruit – which may be the case Would taste better too!” Waring says.

In addition, experts point out that the oat drink lacks important nutrients such as protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

“There are other safer and healthier ways to lose weight that involve making small changes to your diet and not eliminating entire foods or food groups,” says Valente.

Social media “hacks” for losing weight

In general, false or misleading information can occur on social media. Experts say they've seen increased misinformation about weight loss in the past year, particularly related to interest in drugs like Ozempic.

“All of “Nature’s Ozempic” – also known as berberinean ineffective and potentially dangerous supplement – ​​leading to exaggerated, anxiety-inducing side effects like “Ozempic face” and “Ozempic butt,” says Dr. James Wantuck, co-founder and chief medical officer of PlushCare, previously told CBS News.

Nutrition is also a nuanced topic, Valente adds, making it difficult to explain in a short, 10-second clip online.

“If you have questions about your diet, I always recommend speaking to a doctor rather than consulting social media,” she says.