Putting Caffeine Into Underwear Doesn’t Help You to Lose Weight

October 3, 2014 3:29 PM

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It sounds so ridiculous that it’s amazing that millions of people actually thought it might work. The claim in question was that underwear infused with such things as caffeine could help the person wearing it to lose weight. On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that both Norm Thompson Outfitters of Oregon and Wacoal America Inc. of New Jersey will have to refund a collective $1.5 million to those who purchased their undergarment line of shapewear. Both companies produced lines of underwear and leggings infused with “microcapuseles” – apparently containing such things as caffeine, vitamin e, and other “energizing” ingredients that falsely promoted weight loss and cellulite reduction.

Norm Thompson Outfitters’ “Lytess” underwear line claimed that simply by wearing the garment, the user would lose 2″ of their hips and thighs within 30 days. “No diets or pills. Lose inches just by wearing these cellulite-slimming Lytess leggings. The unique fabric is infused with caffeine to metabo...

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