What is benefits of 'Oatzempic' weight-loss hack seen in TikTok

The Oatzempic meal replacement is a straightforward blended beverage comprising ½ cup of rolled oats, 1 cup of water, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a splash of lime juice. The name 'Oatzempic' is a clever fusion of 'oats' and 'Ozempic,' a widely-known diabetes medication renowned for managing blood sugar levels and reducing appetite, leading to weight loss.

Why might it work?

"Oatzempic" shakes for breakfast may result in weight loss in the short-term, according to some dietitians, simply due to calorie deficit. Oats are relatively low in calories—with only 140 calories for an "oatzempic" shake—compared to whatever breakfast meal individuals were eating before.

Research also suggests that the beta-glucan fiber in oats may also positively impact hormones that regulate hunger and appetite, resulting in feeling fuller longer and eating less at subsequent meals.

Finally, nutritional experts say that the motivational boost of a placebo effect also cannot be ruled out.

What's a better option?

While the "Oatzempic" challenge has apparently worked for some, dietitians and the CDC note that a slow weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week is a more sustainable weight-loss goal. Although weight loss varies by individual, losing about 5 pounds per month through a combination of small diet and exercise changes is a healthier goal.

Bottomline: Dietitians recommend that individuals forego the "Oatzempic" shake and instead eat regular oatmeal, which has been linked to lower levels of cholesterol, and try other easy-to-prepare fiber-rich breakfast ideas.


Shultz, Cara Lynn. (2024, April 1). People. TikTokers Claim Viral 'Oatzempic' Drink Helped Them Drop 40 Lbs. — Here's What an Expert Says. https://people.com/oatzempic-40-lbs-2-months-breakfast-oats-lime-tiktok-8623008

Rizzo, Natalie. (2024, April 3). Today. What is oatzempic? A dietician breaks down the viral weight loss trend. https://www.today.com/health/diet-fitness/oatzempic-weight-loss-rcna146219

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