TikTok is no longer just an app for sharing funny videos and participating in trends, for many it has been the go-to for skincare advice, fitness advice, you can even find accounts giving tips on how to get a mortgage!

For the many knowledgeable and useful titbits that people have learnt from the social media app, there can be equally as many damaging and untrue trends that take off.

This is especially true when it comes to health and wellbeing.

What is TikTok’s coffee and lemon weight loss drink?

One recipe that is trending is the coffee and lemon drink that promises to help make you lose weight.

According to the many videos, all you need to do is squeeze some lemon into black coffee, drink it, and watch as the weight loss results appear.

The hundreds of videos boast the pounds they shed and the flat tummy they now have, all thanks to this ‘magic’ drink.

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But does it work?

Do coffee and lemon help you lose weight?

While both these items have their own individual benefits, the claims of ‘weight loss’ seem to fall flat.

According to Healthline, the caffeine in coffee is great for boosting your energy, especially related to physical performance, so it helps you move for longer. It also acts as an antioxidant and can help prevent certain cancers.

Lemons of course boast incredible vitamin C levels, they too act as an antioxidant and can help keep your immune system strong to fight infections and illnesses.

But pairing these together doesn’t create a magic weight loss trick.

Healthline notes that the trends claim to “melt off fat” is ultimately false. While coffee may aid some with some weight loss, this is due to its caffeine properties and pairing it with lemon juice gives you no benefit.

Why is TikTok’s coffee and lemon weight loss hack not okay?

As with all health trends that start from social media and online trends, users must take care to check that the trend will not damage their health further.

With anything promising a quick fix to weight loss, participants should use their discretion.

Healthline writes: “The only way to get rid of unwanted fat is by consuming fewer calories or burning more of them.”

Other negatives of this could see you users become addicted to caffeine, which the World Health Organisation notes as a clinical disorder. 

In February, TikTok took new measures to protect users by strengthening its rules around online challenges, and promoting eating disorders and hateful ideologies.

The firm said its rules around eating disorder content have been strengthened and will now prohibit the promotion of disordered eating and certain “under-recognised signs” and symptoms of a potential problem.