Recommended by the website Brightside, this bonkers weight loss technique involves pointing a scolding hot hairdryer at your stomach to “get rid of unnecessary liquid in the body” and encouraging you to sweat.
In the article 10 Quick Tips to Lose Weight if You’re A Lazy Bones, the website also claims that hot compresses — which are typically used to treat aches and pains — can “influence the size of particular parts of your body” when combined with heat from a hairdryer, The Sun reports.
The bizarre weight loss story reads: “To increase the effect and keep your compress hot for longer, you can use a hairdryer.”
What’s more, a YouTube video titled 12 Tips on How to Lose Weight Without Strict Diets urged viewers to “grab a hairdryer” instead of “torturing yourself at the gym” as a means of encouraging your body to sweat and lose water weight.
Worryingly, this 10-minute video has racked up over 1.1 million views since it was published in June 2018 — and experts have now issued a warning against the fat-busting fad that can cause second-degree burns.
According to plastic surgeon Christopher Inglefield, this bizarre trend not only risks causing serious skin damage, but it also won’t help you lose any weight.
He said: “This will not have a satisfactory outcome, yet carries a risk of burning the abdomen.
“To make matters worse, this could in turn cause blistering of the skin which can cause infection. And in extreme cases, this could lead to necrosis, which is death of the skin cells.”
As well as following a healthy diet and exercise regime, the London Bridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Clinic surgeon recommended the procedure Ultrashape which targets pockets of fat in stomach by using an ultrasonic wave device.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission