Love soda but hate your muffin top? If you are one of those few unfortunate ones who love guzzling on soda and are still waiting to get started on their health regime while worrying that their waistline is slowly getting out of control, then we have news for you. Even cutting back on that one glass of soda, which you think will not make a difference, could be the key to a flatter stomach.

According to a new research published in the journal Nutrients carried out by scientists at Virginia Tech, replacing even just one glass of the sugar and calorie filled soda with water can reduce the overall bodyweight and improve health. This seemingly inconsequential step may be the key to losing weight over time.

“Regardless of how many servings of sugar-sweetened beverages you consume, replacing even just one serving can be of benefit,” said Kiyah J Duffey, a nutrition consultant from College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The news is not only noteworthy for those of you who are already laden with an ample girth, but also for those who love to drink soda but fear that their habits will land drown them in a pool of diseases. Bear in mind, cutting back on that one serving of soda is one dose less of the sugar and calories that will lead to the development of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases (CVD).

In the research it was observed that even replacing one 8-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage with an 8-ounce serving of water can lower the daily calorie count and prevent obesity in the US population. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advice the public to not consume more than 10 percent of their daily calories from sugar sweetened sodas.

It all comes down to you. The next time you are out dining, you can either settle for drinking a little less soda for the sake of your own health or you can grab the can and ruin your health. The choice is yours.