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Weight Loss Products: Are Caffeine Pants, Slim Capsule Effective?

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- It's summer, and that means skirts, shorts, and bathing suits that show a little more skin and may make you more conscious of your weight. You could exercise and eat less to lose a few pounds, but two new fitness products claim you can lose inches just sitting still or lying down.

Lytess Leggings: First, caffeine-infused leggings that claim to take 2 inches off your hips and more than an inch from your thighs just by wearing them for 5 hours a day for 21 days.

The Lytess leggings cost $50 to start with (their shapewear line is more expensive). There are styles that offer slimming and contouring like a pair of Spanx and others that are just like soft bike shorts without the shapewear element.

"I have not seen any studies in the peer review medical literature about these pants," said exercise physiologist Samantha Heller. "Wearing a ring or a pair of pants or some kind of bracelet really is not going to help you lose weight. It may be a reminder that you want to skip the cookies you're about to eat, but overall it's not going to change your physiology enough for significant and healthy weight loss."

Slim Capsule: Planet Beach, a franchise of spas, is promoting a device called the Slim Capsule that it says will burn an extra 500 calories just by lying down in it for 30 minutes. The Slim Capsule heats your body up to 180 degrees although your head is outside of the unit and stays cool.

How does this heat differ from a sauna?

"A sauna is pulling water weight from the skin and dehydrating the body," said Kevin Nunez, owner of the Planet Beach franchise in Brentwood, Calif. "The use of the infrared heat in the slim capsule helps to reset the metabolic rate, increase cardiovascular circulation and help the body burn more calories."

But exercise physiologists ABC spoke with say there are no major studies or research showing increased heat or infrared heat as a key to weight loss or fat reduction.

"Exposing yourself to extreme heat for 20 to 25 minutes can really increase your risk for dehydration, it can increase your risk for heat stroke, other adverse reactions to heat where your body is unable to cool itself down," said Heller. "You have to be very, very careful. It can interact with certain medications, medical conditions, something you have to be very, very careful of before you decide this is what you want to do."

And even though it claims the device will burn 500 calories, the company that makes the slim capsule says: "The focus for the client using the Slimline pod should be wellness, restful rejuvenation and thermal exercise leading to a cleansing feeling and inch loss, not necessarily weight loss!"

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