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Weight Loss Via Caffeine-Infused Shapewear -- Wacky Enough to Work?

New fangled lingerie lines claim to smooth your silhouette while whittling away your waist (and other problem areas)

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For the woman who has everything -- including, apparently, the ability to suspend disbelief -- comes Revolution Slim Active Sports shapewear.

Available in styles ranging from sleeveless turtlenecks and high waisted leggings to every conceivable undergarment in between, Revolution Slim purports to be much more than the typical Spanx type of item.

What sets its pieces apart from the general packing-it-in pack is that their "comfortable, silky materials" are "saturated with active substances" to help reduce body fat, improve circulation and firm the skin.

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According to press materials, aloe vera, fatty acids, vitamins A & E and caffeine are "microencapsulated into the fabric" and discharged when they come into contact with skin, stimulating the breakdown of stored fats, leading to a smoother shape -- even once the garment is removed.

On the downside, there seems to be zero concrete science to back these claims. In fact, research done at Vanderbilt University on caffeine's impact on cellulite and the like concludes that, "Despite the rising claims from cosmetic companies and multiple women's magazine that tout [this] as a miracle product, the scientific support is inconsistent and minimal."

Pesky conclusions like that don't appear to dissuade the entrepreneurially inclined in the slightest. A cursory Google search reveals that there are no fewer than 9 similar companies -- each with its own proprietary blend of enchanted slimming ingredients -- claiming that their shapewear is the magic bullet every muffin top, back flab fighting person has been dreaming of.

Can such clothing items work despite lack of concrete, technical evidence ? I suppose anything's possible, but I want proof. Total Beauty reader-type proof. Have you ever tried a weight-loss ingredient soaked garment? What were your results? We'd all delight in reading about your experiences ...

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