One of the most popular New Year resolutions is losing weight. In January, the gyms are packed, and everyone seems to be on a diet. Usually around six weeks later, people lose steam and mentally scratch that resolution off their lists. The hardest part about exercising is starting. People tend to start working out too hard and much from the beginning, so they quickly lose interest and start eating food that they shouldn’t. Here are some ways to continue working out and successfully completing your New Year resolution to lose weight.

A great way to continue plunging forward on your goal to fit into your skinny jeans is starting and maintaining a food diary. You can either buy a notebook or use an online web site, like MyFitnessPal, to keep track of your progress.  The best method for keeping track of your food intake is writing down every time you eat something in this format: Type of Food, Servings, and a Note. If you use one of the online sites to track your food intake, then they will automatically calculate how many calories you have consumed. If you are forced to read what you are actually putting in your body, you will eventually stop overeating.

The best tactic to continue working out is attending group gym classes. There are so many to choose from, so mix it up. It’s good practice to start exercising by joining some of these classes because you are held accountable. If you start missing a day or two, your fitness instructor usually will come up to you to see where you have been. The more frequently you go, you will begin seeing the same people. If they start losing weight, then that will push you to want to do the same. Grab some workout gear and start getting physical.

Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Water is essential for losing weight. It replenishes your thirst and your body. One of the great things about water is that it fends of hunger. People mistake thirst for hunger. Not drinking enough water is one of the reasons that people overeat. If you are not much of a water drinker, then start with flavored water to get used to it. When you are at the point where you are drinking plenty of flavored water, then start switching to regular water.

Keep your New Year resolutions. There is no excuse not to do something that you have been wanting to do.  Yes, life can sometimes get in the way, but if you eat right, drink plenty of water, and exercise (even if it’s only for ten minutes), you will be on your way in no time.