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When a super-simple diet trick occurs (finally!), and it is one that can save you serious calories, you are aware of you’re ready to get excited. Reported by a new study, cutting calories could be as common as grabbing a glass of water.

Researchers with the University of Illinois looked at the eating styles of greater than 18,000 adults and discovered a fascinating pattern: Participants slashed their total caloric intake when they increased the number of water they drank every day by merely one measly percent.

Those who increased their mineral water consumption-just tap or bottled, nothing fancy-by one, two, or three cups saved anywhere from 68 to 205 calories every day.

Why? At most elementary, water helps satiate and leaves less room for junk, says Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Diet Change. “Lots times somebody thinks they are often hungry but actually, they are slightly dehydrated instead,” Gans says. So you may be grabbing a snack when all that you have the need for is really a glass of water.

The research also learned that people who increased their water intake consumed less sodium (around 235g), less sugar (by up to 18g), and much less cholesterol (by as much as 21g).

Want to fork out your H2O consumption? Try Gans’ five ways to avoid dehydration.

1. Pour your own glass water each and every meal.

2. Put a bottle of water on your own bedside table so it’s first thing you reach for once you wake.

3. Convey a sticky note for your desk or near your personal computer reminding that you drink up the whole day.

4. Always keep a bottle of water on you in your backpack, purse, or gym bag.

5. Should you not love the tastes water, add some fresh lemon, lime, or other fruit for flavor.

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