Leave it up to some greedy companies, who prey on desperate consumers, to concoct yet another scam for a weight loss product. The two companies, Norm Thompson Outfitters, Inc., and Wacoal America, Inc marketed clothing (women’s undergarments) impregnated with caffeine and retinol (among other chemicals). They advertised that simply wearing these clothes would cause weight loss, disappearance of cellulite, thinner thighs and  smaller waist size . Wouldn’t that be great if you could just put on say a pair of fashionable underwear and read the paper, and the pounds would melt away!

These claims of course are totally false, There is not one shred of evidence showing that wearing anything causes weight loss. And as the saying goes, “There is a sucker born every minute” , quite a few unsuspecting people rushed out to buy these things. Sure enough, the FTC or Federal Trade Commission, got word of these companies’ ridiculous claims. The companies were successfully sued and will need to refund money to all of those poor schmucks who bought  the caffeinated clothing.

What works in weight loss is almost never something which sounds to good to be true and requires little, if any effort (other than of course emptying out your savings). Even approved prescription diet pills only result in a very modest weight loss. Over the counter diet pills are dangerous  and should be avoided at all costs. So too, should so called natural supplements including any kind of herbal therapy.

What does work are diet and exercise. Less taken in and more out. Sounds easy but definitely difficult to follow. The best advice is too work with your doctor, a registered dietician and or personal trainer to achieve your goals. Groups such as Weight Watchers have a good track record as well.