‘Oatzempic’ is the latest weight loss trend. Experts say it’s not worth the risk.

Of course, this trend isn’t anything new. In fact, it joins a swag of many, many other questionable health and wellness challenges found on social media. 

Along with other well-known fad diets, Morrison said you can compare ‘oatzempic’ to more recent TikTok-fuelled examples, such as influencers touting chia seed drinks for weight loss, or the celery juice cleanse from a few years back. 

“Both of those are basically laxatives and they are normal foods. Although the ‘oatzempic’ drink isn’t necessarily a laxative, it is something to curb satiety,” said Morrison.

Is the ‘oatzempic challenge’ dangerous?

Like most unsubstantiated health fads and fluffy nutritional claims you’ll find on social media, the ‘oatzempic challenge’ falls into the dangerous basket — with experts warning people to avoid it at all costs.

“You might be also at risk of abusing it and doing it too much to replace too many meals or snacks in each day, it is something that can increase your risk of malnutrition, but also worsen your relationship with yourself and food, which is really a huge concern for me.”

Read: this trend does not mimic the way weight loss drugs work and could have really negative health impacts.

“At another level, it really affects your metabolic hormones, satiety hormones, and risk of rapidly regaining weight once you finish the challenge, when that stop time comes. So it is creating this diet cycle, this restriction feeding cycle, which is really negative for us and we want to try to avoid.”