There’s an ab exercise that’s all over TikTok and people are paying attention because it promises to reduce belly fat and give you a slimmer waist. The TikTok weight loss dance is going viral, but experts warn this is one trend you don’t want to try at home.
The stomach workout made famous by user @Janny14906 has received millions of likes and follows as it claims to be the perfect ab routine. The idea is to move your chest and hips forward and then backwards really quickly while twisting, which makes it sort of a dance. The videos claim the exercise will “reduce the abdomen” by doing each movement for five minutes, but personal trainer Sohee Lee says, “It’s a myth that you can target fat loss from a specific body part. So specific exercises can’t give you a flat stomach, even if they claim to.
And on top of that, doing one exercise to get a certain look isn’t healthy if you’re blowing off nutrition, sleep, drinking water and all the other things that are important to taking care of your health. So even though the post says you can “exercise for an hour a day and eat whatever you want,” Lee points out that’s just not true and this kind of advice is what gets people into trouble. Psychologist Şirin Atçeken also warns against the psychological dangers of fad diets and quick fixes that give us unrealistic expectations. So just like with any viral exercise that promises fast results, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.