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What Is TikTok's Viral 'Oatzempic Challenge’?

In the midst of the weight loss medication craze, TikTok users are touting ‘Oatzempic’ as a dietary option that can offer similar results to Semaglutide — but experts say it’s not quite true.

TikTok’s new “Oatzempic” trend involves drinking a beverage made mostly from oats in an effort to lose weight. But while experts say the beverage is healthy and has benefits, they say it certainly won’t help you lose 40 pounds in two months — a claim that is circulating widely on social media.

The trend, named after the blockbuster diabetes and weight loss drug Ozempic, involves putting half a cup of oats, half a lime, and one cup of water into a blender until it forms a creamy consistency.

Some users recommend drinking the beverage twice a day, in the morning and at night, while others consume it only once — often as a way to break their intermittent fast.

On TikTok, more than 1,500 posts feature the hashtag #oatzempic and videos about the trend have been viewed and liked hundreds of thousands of times.

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Users say the beverage helps keep them full for hours and have more regular bowel movements. Nearly all creators posting about participating in the trend claim it has helped them shed pounds fast.

Experts weigh in on ‘Oatzempic’

Internal medicine doctor and TikTok content creator Tommy Martin, M.D., has posted about the trend several times on TikTok, explaining the benefits it can provide and the realistic outcomes people should expect.

“So is oatzempic helping people to lose weight?” he asks in one of his videos on the subject. “I would argue probably so, by why?”

The doctor goes on to explain that the drink is probably helping people lose some fat, though definitely not 40 pounds of fat in eight weeks, as so many are promising. Still, he says substituting breakfast for oats, lime juice, and water is likely fewer calories than whatever someone might have been eating before and may result in a calorie deficit over time.
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“Oatmeal helps with satiety, or helps us to stay full throughout the day, and leads to snacking less later on in the day as well — again helping us to decrease calories,” he says. “The fiber in oatmeal and the increased water likely causes more regular bowel movements, which also helps with weight loss, though not necessarily fat loss.”

Oatmeal has a ton of benefits outside of helping to aid in weight loss, including cardiovascular health benefits and helping to lower cholesterol, he adds. Plus, he says starting the morning off with healthy habits leads to more healthy habits throughout the day.

“I think it is very likely helping people lose weight — fat weight and non-fat weight,” he says in the video. “If it is helping people start their day with a nutritious breakfast such as oatmeal, I am all for it.”

Ana Reisdorf, MS, RD, a dietician and founder of The Food Trends, tells Healthnews that mixing oatmeal with water does lower the overall calorie content of the oatmeal — since water has no calories — which could help with calorie reduction and weight loss. But she says calling it a natural form of Ozempic is somewhat misleading.

Sorry to say, but it won't result in the same type of weight loss as you would see with a GLP-1 meds.

Reisdorf

Still, the drink certainly can provide benefits on a weight loss journey, she says. The soluble fiber found in oatmeal is called beta-glucan, which she says forms a gel-like substance in the stomach. This helps slow down digestion, so you stay full for a longer period of time.

“Fiber also helps to control blood sugar levels, which can reduce cravings and may support weight loss,” Reisdorf says. “So, while it can be part of your weight loss plan, Oatzempic doesn't have the same impact on satiety hormones as GLP-1 meds.”


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