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Caffeine-infused underwear won't help you lose weight, government says

Putting caffeine in your underpants won't help you lose weight, at least not according to the Federal Trade Commission.

The FTC on Monday ordered two companies, Norm Thompson Outfitters and Wacoal America, to issue more than $1.5 million in refunds after marketing caffeine-infused undergarments as weight loss and shaping aids. The companies claimed their women's clothing — made with "microencapsulated caffeine" — could reduce cellulite and trim fat, though the FTC said there was no scientific evidence to support the miraculous claims.

"If someone says you can lose weight by wearing the clothes they are selling, steer clear," Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. "The best approach is tried and true: diet and exercise."