You've probably seen the SENSA ads on tv, with the dancers on the beach, the patrons at the sidewalk cafe, all shaking what looked like Parmesan cheese onto their food.  The Federal Trade Commission says they were frauds!

The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday they have settled claims against SENSA and three other major diet and weight loss companies who the feds say made fraudulent claims their products would make people lose weight.

SENSA will return some $26 million dollars in refunds to consumers who used the products between 2008 and 2012.  According to NW Cable News:

 '  Sensa Products LLC promoted the powder through major retailers like Costco and GNC and with infomercials on the Home Shopping Network and other television networks. The company sold a one-month supply of Sensa for $59 and urged consumers to "sprinkle, eat and lose weight.”

But Federal Trade Commission officials said Tuesday the company used bogus clinical studies and paid endorsements to rack up more than $364 million in sales between 2008 and 2012."

"The chances of being successful just by sprinkling something on your food, rubbing cream on your thighs, or using a supplement are slim to none -- the science just isn't there," said Jessica Rich, director of FTC's consumer protection office.

The FTC will also collect $7.3 million from Lean Spa, who advertised acai berry and colon cleanse products through fake news websites.   You might have even seen these on your Facebook page margin.  $34 million dollars will be collected from  L'Occitane and HCG Diet Direct, which used unproven hormone products claiming to produce weight loss.

Experts recommend if you are serious about weight loss, consult your DOCTOR or healthcare provider for effective, healthy ways to drop pounds.   Don't always bit on the latest fad or craze.   Turns out these ones were apparently not as great as they were cracked up to be! (video courtesy of You-Tube).

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