Can the Ice Hack Help You Lose Belly Fat?

“Melt away belly fat!” “Lose weight really fast!” “Flush one pound of belly fat every day!” These are some of the captivating claims about the so-called “ice hack diet” or “alpine ice diet” that are circulating on TikTok — and amassing millions of views.

The videos tout a new “diet secret” involving a glass of ice and a mysterious white powder, and show before-and-after photos of relatives who purportedly lost 60 to 80 pounds using that secret — no diet or exercise needed. Viewers are urged to check the link with the details quickly, before the posts get taken down for “exposing the lies of the weight loss industry.”

If this all sounds a bit gimmicky, it absolutely is. “Once you hear that you don’t have to move your body or think about what you’re eating, you know this is a fad and probably not true,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, the creator of and the author of Read It Before You Eat It: Taking You From Label to Table. “Just like TikTok videos, all of these fads are short lived — hopefully.”

So why has the ice hack diet been so popular, and what exactly are the claims behind this mysterious fat-loss method? Here’s what nutrition experts say you should know about the latest weight loss craze.

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