As 75 Hard fitness program trends on TikTok, experts raise red flags

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on and quarantine orders are being extended, people have turned to new places to get workout inspiration at home.

Fitness videos on TikTok have grown exponentially since the pandemic began, as many looked for new ways to stay in shape. Fitness challenges like #DragonFlag, #OneMinuteFitness and #PlankChallenge have gone viral in recent months, and celebrities like Carrie Underwood have even joined in.

Experts urge those just starting out to take it slow before jumping into some of the advanced moves seen in popular TikTok videos, and the intense program called 75 Hard that’s trending on the platform is no exception.

The 75 Hard program, created by entrepreneur and podcaster Andy Frisella and described as a “mental toughness” program, outlines rules users must follow for 75 days. They are:

  • Do two 45-minute workouts a day, one of which must be outside
  • Follow a healthy diet with zero alcohol or cheat days
  • Take a progress picture every day
  • Drink one gallon of water daily
  • Read 10 pages a day of a nonfiction book
  • If you fail, you must start over again at Day One
  • 75 Hard found life on TikTok during the pandemic after 22-year-old Rylee Ollearis documented her journey doing the program from May to July. Her first video about it has racked up more than 4 million views.

    “I decided to post on TikTok for my five followers at the time… ‘Hey guys, I’m doing this crazy challenge, this crazy program,’ and the video started to blow up,” Ollearis told “GMA.”

    “I’ve almost given up myself a few too many times in the past,” she explained about what drew her to the intense program. “I wanted to prove to myself for this time that I could be tough enough to complete something that I set my mind to.”

    Ollearis’ audio from her Day One video is now used in more than 500 TikTok videos of other users trying out the program for themselves. The hashtag #75Hard itself has over 126 million views on the platform.

    The recent college graduate is now a wellness coach and said many people have reached out to her about the program since finding her videos. While she recognized that the program is a major commitment, she said she chose to do it the middle of quarantine because she could put the majority of her daily focus on making sure she was being mindful with her workouts and recovery.

    “Understanding that two 45-minute workouts every single day is a lot. You’re pushing your body, but you also have to ensure that you’re getting the right recovery, that you’re including active rest into those days to make sure that you’re not hurting yourself in any way,” she said.

    Experts raise ‘red flags’ about 75 Hard

    One of the concerns about 75 Hard, according to many experts, is many may opt to ignore the 75 Hard recommendations and begin the workout plan without seeking advice from a physician first, and this can be

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    Why TikTok might be the future of online fitness

    There is a strange paradox within the home workout boom: 2020 has absolutely necessitated them, a way of keeping fit with an expert eye overseeing you at a time when fitness offerings were few and far between. But the curse is that social media, where most of these workouts can be found, is also a place where people promote a certain kind of flawlessness: an aptitude and exceptionalism in their physique that doesn’t always translate well to someone who, furloughed and in need of an outlet, wants to start doing HIIT for the first time. 

    While Instagram remains a vital resource if you’re looking for free workouts from some of the industry’s greats, there’s a new social media outlet that’s offering something a little bit different: TikTok. Famed for its viral trends, dance routines and Vine-like chaos, TikTok is not without controversy. But it has carved out a particularly interesting niche for fitness professionals: a space where people can be athletic and hot, but also have a personality. 

    TikTok might not seem like the next place to look to for help with your workouts – its videos are short, its energy much more scrappy – but the people who are making names for themselves on the app have found that it’s the perfect place to suggest new workouts, trial unusual supersets and even just go over the basics of gym etiquette and exercise form for people who need a refresher. Whether you’re an exercise newbie or a veteran, it might be worth turning your attention to TikTok.

    Two things lead the men of Fitness TikTok to the platform: young girls in their families and seeing an opportunity to grow an audience. For Eyal Booker, it was seeing his younger sister using it; for Paul Olima, it was his daughter. For Alex Crockford and Franklin Sopuluchukwu, it was a chance to build an audience and give their expertise to a new group of people who needed it. 

    David Templer, a 30-year-old personal trainer and content curator, first joined TikTok as part of a paid partnership. “I think TikTok reached out to me and offered me £150 to set up an account,” he explained. “And then I also just post a few bits of content both on my TikTok channel and my Instagram feeds. I got addicted within a week.”

    Templer’s entire business model is built on a holistic approach to health: nutrition and fitness go hand in hand, and he’s found a huge amount of success with his “shirtless chef” recipe videos, his often audaciously OTT meals finding a huge audience during lockdown. But fitness still continues to drive a lot of traffic for him: one of his most successful videos, at the time of talking, had been a guide on how to do a deadlift. “I think it is those educational pieces that people are really, really looking for, so I think what I’m going to do is go back into doing those one-off tutorials.”

    For Templer, the real power

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    This Dentist Is Exposing The ‘Shark Teeth’ Veneers Trend On TikTok

    So thanks to an incredible dentist on TikTok, I have now been informed that shaving your teeth down to little shark nubs is not actually how dentists are meant to do veneers, and I am shook.

    If like me, you’ve succumbed to the vast hole that is TikTok, you’ve probably seen a lot of videos where young people show off their nubby teeth followed by another shot where they have perfectly straight-white teeth. It’s become somewhat of a trend, titled #veneerscheck and unfortunately I still lose sleep over how cursed the contents of that hashtag is.

    @chineendosky

    #greenscreen could u imagine #fyp #SoAwkward #PerfectAsIAm #EasyMeal #veneers #dental #veneerscheck #twitter

    ♬ WAP(feat. Megan Thee Stallion) – Cardi B

    Anyway, according to my fave dentist pal Dr Shaadi Manouchehri (@drshaadimanouchehri) those aren’t veneers, those are actually crowns. Unlike veneers, crowns are a super invasive procedure and can cause many long term problems (especially for young people).

    @drshaadimanouchehri

    #veneers #veneerscheck #veneers_smile #veneersjourney #dentist #dentistry #dentalstudent #makeover #pov #homesalon #haircare #fy #fyp #foryou #foru

    ♬ original sound – Dr S Manouchehri

    “Firstly, those are not veneers, those are full-coverage crowns,” she said in the video.

    “Shaving teeth down to pegs like that is going to damage the nerve, and you are going to need a root canal treatment and an extraction at some point in your life.”

    Yikes, I had a root canal when I was 12 and it was horrible. I ended up biting the dentists hand (but, that’s another story).

    She continued: “Second point veneers or crowns will need to be replaced every 10-15 years…she is probably 18/19-years old. Now, she is probably going to have to replace them 4-5 times throughout her lifetime.”

    “Not only is the financial burden going to be an issue, but it’s going to be a biological burden too. Because the tooth physically cannot be prepared and re-prepared every single time. So she’s a gorgeous young lady, and she has possibly ruined her teeth for the rest of her life. She is probably going to have dentures by the age of 40.

    “I personally wouldn’t choose that, would you?”

    Dr S Manouchehri also talks about the dangers of shaving down your teeth in an earlier video posted to TikTok.

    @drshaadimanouchehri

    #dentist #dentistry #fy #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #veneers #londondentist #veneerscheck #TFBornThisWay #onmyway #foru

    ♬ original sound – Dr S Manouchehri

    The moral of the story here: Do not get veneers/crowns while you’re young. Invest in braces, teeth whitening kits, whatever. But shaving your teeth down to pegs is not good for your teeth long term.

    Now, that’s the TEA-th.

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    Young people struggling with eating disorders find support on TikTok

    TikTok creators are offering meal support for people in need. (Photo: Getty Images)
    TikTok creators are offering meal support for people in need. (Photo: Getty Images)

    A recent trend on TikTok is providing young people suffering with or recovering from an eating disorder with meal support by featuring creators eating food and offering users a safe space to virtually join them.

    “I thought that it would be nice for you guys to have a video of me just sitting there eating so that if you ever are having a hard time eating you can come back to this video, sit there with me and enjoy your meal with me,” Clara Guillem says in a voiceover of a video of her eating a sandwich. “So, yeah. I love you guys. Use this whenever you want. I love you.” The sound has been used in 3,357 videos on the platform.

    The 24-year-old who is currently living in Nashville, Tenn., tells Yahoo Life that she developed anorexia at the age of 14, sharing that social media platforms that perpetuated toxic content about body image encouraged her eating disorder. Now, as a full-time content creator focused on body confidence, eating disorder recovery and general mental health, she’s looking to change the way that young people interact with these platforms as well as with the people on them.

    “My anorexia continued until I was about 20 years old,” Guillem says. “I remember the exact moment I decided to turn my account into a safe space for those with eating disorders. I had made a video asking people to stop posting toxic ‘what I eat in a days’ [videos] showing off their low-calorie meals on a kid’s app. Then, I got a comment from a 13-year-old girl saying she was struggling. I responded to the comment and all of a sudden I received hundreds of comments from kids that age saying they were unhappy with their bodies and engaging in harmful eating disorder habits. I knew then, that as an adult who had been through it all, and who they seemed to trust, it was my place to share my story and inspire others to get help.”

    Guillem began to post videos where she shared her own experience with anorexia and her journey to recovery. She also would show herself eating food items that she previously deemed “fear foods” — what National Eating Disorders Association’s (NEDA) Communications Manager Chelsea Kronengold explains to Yahoo Life as different foods that might “trigger” someone with an eating disorder.

    “That food can be associated with trauma for somebody, so that might be a fear food,” Kronengold says. “Generally speaking, fear foods are usually higher in calories, foods that the media perpetuates as ‘bad’ foods, even though at NEDA we don’t believe that there’s good or bad foods.”

    Guillem is spreading that same message with content created specifically to share evidence of herself enjoying a variety of foods without guilt. During a TikTok live one day, she even realized the need to provide followers with more opportunities to feel encouraged to eat

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    We Talked to a Dentist About the Dangerous Teeth Trends Going Viral on TikTok

    Many people turn to TikTok to stay up to date on the latest trends, from home improvement hacks to makeup tips. It can even be a resource for wellness and oral hygiene advice.



    a close up of a person wearing glasses and looking at the camera: We Talked to a Dentist About the Dangerous Teeth Trends Going Viral on TikTok


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    We Talked to a Dentist About the Dangerous Teeth Trends Going Viral on TikTok

    But, there are also plenty of dangerous fads that go viral on social media with little transparency about the harmful effects. The disastrous Kylie Jenner lip challenge from a few years ago and the more recent Benadryl challenge are two examples that come to mind.

    Lately, TikTok has seen a wave of tooth-related videos that could potentially encourage young people to do irreversible damage to their dental health. We spoke to Dr. Ingrid Murra, DDS, founder of Two Front orthodontic care, about the risks of these concerning trends.

    Nail-Glue Vampire Fangs

    Some TikTok users are going to extreme lengths to celebrate spooky season this year, prioritizing frightfully realistic costumes over their dental health. The latest DIY look to gain traction on the app involves using nail adhesive, which contains similar ingredients to super glue, to attach vampire fangs to your teeth.

    One video with over one million likes documents the moment user @muawk realizes her fake fangs are stuck and appears to hyperventilate as she tries to pull them from her teeth. In a follow-up video, she brushes and flosses frantically until they finally fall off.

    According to Dr. Murra, this trend is unsafe because “nail glue can strip off the enamel of your teeth, which can increase the chance of getting cavities and cause sensitivity.” The powerful glue can also damage your gums.

    If you do make the mistake of trying the damaging technique at home, Dr. Murra warns against trying to fix it yourself. Not only should your dentist be the one to get you out of the sticky situation, but they can actually safely place fangs on your teeth so you can channel the undead look, risk-free.

    Shaving Teeth With a Nail File

    Another concerning hack on the app could have even more permanent ramifications. Some users are taking a nail file to their teeth to even them out or make them smaller and filming the process. Once again, this can cause damage to your enamel.

    “You risk removing too much enamel and causing sensitivity and increasing the chance of getting cavities,” Dr. Murra said. “Removing enamel is also permanent – unlike hair and nails, teeth don’t grow – so I highly recommend cosmetic changes by your dentist, prosthodontist, or orthodontist.” These professionals will do a more precise job, while being attentive to preserving tooth structure.

    Depending on the cosmetic fix you want to make, there are a couple of different procedures a dentist may consider. If your teeth are too long, a dentist can carefully remove parts of your teeth to even them out, whereas if they are too short, they can build a composite to match your tooth shade. Either

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    Dentist’s Viral TikTok Explains Why You’re Probably Using the Wrong Amount of Toothpaste



    a man and a woman looking at the camera: You’re probably using too much toothpaste when brushing your teeth, per one dentist’s viral TikTok. You only need a pea-sized amount for max effectiveness.


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    You’re probably using too much toothpaste when brushing your teeth, per one dentist’s viral TikTok. You only need a pea-sized amount for max effectiveness.

    • You’re probably using using too much toothpaste when you brush your teeth, according to one dentist’s viral TikTok.
    • People over age 3 only need a pea-sized amount for maximum effectiveness—not a heaping swoop.
    • You also shouldn’t rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash right after brushing.

    Ever feel like you’re constantly going through tubes of toothpaste? You might be using too much. According to TikTok’s viral Gao Jye Teh, B.D.S., a dentist based in the U.K., people over age 3 only need a pea-sized amount for maximum effectiveness—not a heaping swoop like ads typically show.

    The young dentist shared a TikTok informing the public of the common misconception that garnered six million views. He also shared it to Instagram, writing: “Commercials are lying to you! You don’t need to use that much toothpaste. 🤯” Not only is it wasteful, it doesn’t make your teeth any cleaner.

    Dr. Gao says the danger in using excess toothpaste, especially for children, lies in the risk of fluorosis—a cosmetic condition that changes the appearance of tooth enamel when too much fluoride (the cavity-preventing ingredient in toothpaste) is ingested. Fluorosis can present itself as mild discoloration, staining, and even obvious pitting. “Although dental fluorosis can be cosmetically treated, the damage done to the enamel is permanent,” Dr. Gao said in a separate video.

    A 2013 to 2016 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms Dr. Gao’s warning, citing that children under the age of 3 should only use “a smear” of fluoride paste “the size of a rice grain.”

    In a following TikTok, Dr. Gao enlightened the internet with another common dental hygiene mistake. According to him, you shouldn’t rinse your mouth after brushing—not with water or mouthwash. “Flouride in your toothpaste takes time to work,” he wrote. “So spit, don’t rinse!” The comments flooded with concerned brushers. “So I haven’t really brushed my teeth for 14 years?” one person wrote. “I’ve done it all wrong my entire life,” another added.

    Dr. Gao recommends waiting at least 20 or 30 minutes after brushing before having a drink of water or swishing mouthwash. Optimally, he suggests using a fluoride rinse later in the day. That way, you’ll get the full benefits of brushing and rinsing.

    Some folks who are used to rinsing right away say they’re struggling to make the change. “Ideally, you should use [toothpaste and mouthwash] at separate times,” Dr. Gao replied to one comment. “If you really can’t stand not rinsing, using mouthwash after brushing is better than using water.”

    The more you know, right?

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