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With the popularity of prescription weight loss medications like Ozempic, many people are seeking newer, more affordable alternatives. This leads many to try “Oatzempic,” the latest viral TikTok weight loss trend. 

Oatzempic should NOT be confused with Ozempic, as it is not a medicine. It is simply a cocktail of oats, water, and lime juice claimed to help you lose weight by curbing your appetite, similar to Ozempic. Let’s first clear up any misleading messages right now – Oatzempic will not curb your appetite in the same way, manner, or for nearly as long as Ozempic would (if Ozempic works for you).

But is there any science behind this concoction? Let’s explore it.

What is Oatzempic?

Oatzempic is a blended mixture containing the following:

  • 1 cup water 
  • ½ cup instant oats
  • Juice from ½ a lime

Oatzempic proponents are hailing it as one of the latest weight loss elixirs, some claiming it can help you shed 40 lbs in two months, just by having it for breakfast. Fans are calling this trend the “Oatzempic challenge,” which challenges you to eat oatzempic every morning for breakfast for 8 weeks. After the 8 weeks, you should have lost 40 lbs.

Of course in reality, this doesn’t happen to everyone. There are a lot of reasons as to why everyone may experience different results following this challenge, but the biggest reason is that we are all wired differently. In other words, a certain diet or food plan may work for one person, but not for another.

Oatzempic vs. Ozempic

Oatzempic sounds similar to Ozempic, but it is vastly different! Ozempic is a prescription medicine and diabetes drug that mimics the hormone GLP-1 (glucagon-like-peptide-1). This hormone is typically released in response to food intake, which stimulates you to feel full when you’ve had enough. It also stimulates insulin release, which helps lower blood sugar levels.

For people who don’t make enough of this hormone or whose bodies are not recognizing its action, Ozempic works to mimic its effects. If it works, it can cause you to feel full for a long period, up to a week, until your next injection is due.

Oatzempic on the other hand can help you feel full for a few hours, not for days. This is due to its fiber content, which delays digestion and helps curb appetite. But you’ll have to keep eating it every few hours to get this same fullness effect, which would get pretty boring and is too restrictive. 

Can Oatzempic Help You Lose Weight?

While Oatzempic is not a magical weight loss solution or nearly as potent as Ozempic, some aspects of it can reduce your overall calorie intake. Here are a few ways it may do this:

It’s high in fiber

Since consuming oatzempic is similar to eating oatmeal, theoretically it can assist in weight loss. Let’s discuss a few ways that the oatzempic Oatmeal is rich in a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which forms a gel in the body upon digestion that helps make us full. Therefore, consuming oats this way (or any way) can support weight loss from its fiber content. However, eating any foods high in fiber will have this same effect.

It’s low in calories

Oatzempic’s recipe contains less than 200 calories, a pretty low amount for a meal. This is not necessarily a good thing, but this may help you consume fewer calories in a given day.

It contains water

Oatzempic contains 1 cup of water, which can enhance fullness. One study showed drinking one cup of water before meals helped reduce overall food intake at meals, and may support weight loss in this way.

However, while Oatzempic has some weight loss-supporting properties, it is not more powerful than any other nutritious, high-fiber food.

Where You May Get the Most out Of ‘Oatzempic’

The key to keep in mind is that your weight loss results from the oatzempic challenge will mainly be based on your usual diet. If you’re used to having a high-calorie, high-fat, or high-sugar breakfast and then swap for oatzempic, your daily calorie intake will decrease. Over time, this alone can lead to weight loss if it is vastly less than you’re used to.

If you are typically eating regular oatmeal or a similar breakfast and then switch to Oatzempic however, the results will likely not be as drastic.

Additionally, if you eat a healthier diet overall and exercise more, these other habits will further support potential weight loss from daily oatzempic.

Risks and Concerns with Oatzempic

If you want to try out the Oatzempic challenge, here are a few words of caution.

It can cause gas, bloat, and indigestion – Oatzempic is high in fiber, and if your body is not used to that you’ll need more time to adjust. Drinking more water alongside high fiber foods also helps.

It is low in protein. More and more research points to the importance of adequate protein for long-term weight loss and muscle maintenance. Oatzempic is low in protein and can replace other high-quality and high-protein breakfast options as a daily meal.

It can lead to rigid or disordered eating habits. Putting too much emphasis on one food can cause stress and guilt around eating other foods. If you’re trying to improve your relationship with food, hyperfocusing on one food this way will not serve you and cause more worry around eating.

TLDR – Key Takeaways

  • Oatzempic is not a medication like Ozempic, but it is a blend of oats, water, and lime juice that is claimed to help you lose 40 lbs in 2 months.
  • It’s not a miracle cocktail, but it may support weight loss due to its high fiber content, low-calorie nature, and inclusion of water to lower calorie intake and enhance satiety.
  • Substituting a high-calorie breakfast with Oatzempic may lead to significant calorie reduction, but if one already consumes a balanced breakfast, the impact will likely be minimal.
  • Just like anything else related to diet, results from trying Oatzempic are highly individual, and what works for one person will not necessarily work for you.
  • Downsides of the Oatzempic challenge include the risk of inadequate protein intake, the possibility of bloat if you’re not used to eating fiber, and potential to form form rigid eating habits. 
  • Relying solely on Oatzempic or any single food for weight loss may not be sustainable or conducive to overall health and well-being.

If you’re looking for a way of eating that works for you and is sustainable, contact me to schedule a free nutrition strategy call. We’ll discuss what you’ve tried, your goals, and the best plan to help you meet your healthy weight loss goals.