The simple trick that can speed weight loss

Don't ignore the simple things in life.

Whether it's getting outside to enjoy a sunny day... calling a friend just to say hello... or drinking a tall, cool glass of water before dinner... the basics can do so much more than you realize.

That last one might even help you to lose weight!

Don't get too excited; you can't drink water with a bacon double cheeseburger and call it a diet.

If anything, you'll gain weight.

But one new study shows how adding water as you cut calories can help you feel fuller so you eat less -- and that, in turn, will help speed your weight loss so you get thinner faster.

In the study, overweight and obese folks put on a low-cal diet lost between 11 and 17 pounds over 12 weeks. But the ones who were on a low-cal diet who drank 16 ounces of water half an hour before each meal dropped nearly five extra pounds in that time.

The reason? Water made them feel fuller, so they ate 40 fewer calories at each meal.

That may not sound like much, but that's 120 fewer calories per day -- and over the course of a week, that's roughly two fewer meals... so it's not surprise at all that they lost nearly five extra pounds.

Other studies have shown similar results, including one last year that found drinking 16 ounces of water before meals could help you lose nearly 10 pounds over 12 weeks even if you make no other changes to your diet.

Another new study shows why water is so important, especially if you're overweight or obese and trying to get healthy.

Water is needed by every single part of your body; so as you get bigger, you need more of it.

But most folks don't drink more water as they get bigger.

Many actually eat more food instead.

That's what leads to even more weight gain, and it becomes kind of a vicious cycle -- one you can cut off now if you drink more and eat less.

But if you REALLY want to lose weight -- if you want to drop pounds fast and keep them off -- you need to go an extra step.

Eat less and eat better, as you add more water to your diet.

The one thing to watch for of course is that U.S. drinking water often contains trace levels of chemicals, drugs, hormones, and more. In many places, fluoride and chlorine are even dumped into the water deliberately.

You don't want any of that in your body, so be sure to filter your water with either reverse osmosis or a distiller.