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Science Confirms Two Ways to Lose Weight Fast

There's no denying that exercise and diet play a major role in weight loss success, but hitting the gym and making healthy food can be time-consuming. Thankfully, there's another way.

Getting the body you've always wanted is as simple as sticking to a regular eating schedule and downing 16 ounces of H20 before digging into your meals — at least that's what two recent studies suggest. Then find out the 50 Best Weight Loss Tips of 2015!

For the first study, which focused on eating schedules, researchers examined the dining habits of college students. They found that those who regularly sat down to breakfast and dinner had overall better diets than those who ate more sporadically. In the study, scheduled eaters consumed less fast food, fewer sugary drinks and more fresh produce than their less regimented counterparts — and these dining habits greatly impact weight. But there's an easy way to boost your slim-down success even further, and that's where the water comes in.

Sipping 16 ounces of water before each meal could lead to significant weight loss, according to a recent Obesity study. To come to this finding, researchers rounded up 84 obese adults for a 12-week experiment. After all of the participants received general weight loss advice, they were assigned to one of two groups. The first group was told to drink 16 ounces of water half an hour before each of their meals while the other group was told to imagine that they were already full before digging in. At the end of the study, the water group had lost about 9 pounds while their less hydrated peers shed about three pounds less. The researchers say that drinking H20 before meals is an effective weight loss strategy because it helps increase satiety, which makes it easier to dine smart.

Eat This! Tip

During the week, wake up 30 minutes early to ensure you have time to sit down to a filling, healthy breakfast. And over the weekend, prep a week's worth of dinners so you always have something nutritious to eat whether you're dining at your desk or your dinner table. As for the water, get a big, reusable water bottle and keep it filled. This way, you'll be able to guzzle down those 16 ounces no matter where you are before it's time to eat.

Dana Leigh Smith
Dana has written for Women's Health, Prevention, Reader's Digest, and countless other publications. Read more about Dana Leigh