If you're expecting to be directed to the latest fad diet, forget it. The experiences of many doctors, nutritionists, and other health experts - and our experience with many clients who agonize over their weight - all strongly indicate that fad diets, while they may work in the short-term, in the long run can be harmful. Once the dieter goes off the regimen, the weight usually comes right back - and yo-yo dieting is said to put more strain on the system than just keeping the few extra pounds.
Of course, if all you want is to fit into a special dress for a romantic evening, fad dieting for a week or so just might produce the results you want. But if you're seeking to lose those pounds for good - AND increase your level of health - there is only one surefire way: Eat less and exercise more.
Some foodstuffs, such as flaxseed oil, green tea and wheat grass juice, seem to stimulate metabolism and boost the weight loss process. However, using them alone isn't enough. You still have to change your diet - and we don't mean giving up nutritious foods and living on junk.
We can make it a bit easier for you. To start with, here's a tip that only astrologers are aware of: Start your diet on the day of the Full Moon, or the day or two following. The principle behind the science of astrology is "As above, so below."
As the Moon rules the tides of the oceans on our planet, she also rules the fluids and "tides" of the human body. In her Full phase, the Moon as seen from the Earth is the largest it can ever be. If you start your diet then, as the Moon wanes and thins, so will your figure!
In addition to starting your new diet in harmony with the waning moon, each astrological sign can benefit from a few specific tips. Read on and discover YOUR magical ingredient for spring dieting success!
Aries: Chances are you don't need to lose much weight. You have a high rate of metabolism. But after the winter, when you've been more sedentary than usual, you may have picked up a few bulges here and there. For the fiery Ram, cutting out rich and fatty foods and stepping up your exercise program should take care of those unwanted pounds in just a few weeks.
Taurus: Battling your weight is difficult, because you love good food, and find it hard to give up. However, you can have the best of both worlds. Find a good lowfat cookbook that concentrates on fruits, vegetables and grains, and you can enjoy your meals without having to make any major sacrifices. And don't forget to exercise. For you, Taurus, it's vital.
Gemini: If you have a weight problem, it's probably because you eat on the run more often than not - and fast foods are among the highest in fat and calories. You can, however, seek out fast food joints that offer healthful alternatives. Find a few that concentrate on gourmet sandwiches rather than greasy hamburgers. Or tasty veggie wraps rather than fried chicken. You'll find that you like those lighter meals better anyway.
Cancer: You love to cook, and the best part of that is sampling your tasty creations before serving them. You don't want to serve anyone anything that tastes strange or less than comforting! But, if you're dieting, concentrate on lowfat, high fiber dishes that you've served before and thus won't have to sample. And, whenever you feel the urge to snack, take a walk. Try a moonlit evening stroll - Cancer is ruled by the Moon and her rays will do your body well.
Leo: Heavy foods, prepared for a king or queen, are among your favorites - roast beef, lasagna, fettuccini Alfredo, cheesy Mexican enchiladas. There is no way around it: You simply have to cut down. Substituting Chinese or Thai foods, such as broccoli chicken or sweet and sour noodle soup, may seem anemic by comparison, but you may be pleasantly surprised. Eastern foods can be delicious. Try them!
Virgo: You're health conscious by nature, so if you want to lose weight, it's probably only a matter of five or ten pounds. You might shed these simply by cutting sweets, skipping snacks, and adopting a rigorous exercise program. But don't overdo it. If you're not a natural ectomorph - with a naturally thin body and slight build - don't try to be one. Not everyone can look like Michael Jordan or Cindy Crawford.
Libra: Your system is naturally more balanced than those of other signs, and so it's unlikely that you have a weight problem. Yet, if you do, remember that your keyword IS "balance." For you, going on an all-grapefruit diet or eating nothing but protein would be a disaster for your health. Simply choose the best foods available on the menu, and eat less of them than you normally would.
Scorpio: When you put on weight, you pack it on hard - and thus it's difficult for you to lose. For you, substances like flaxseed oil and green tea that help burn fat can be of great benefit. Of course, you have to help them along by eating less and exercising - perhaps more vigorously than other signs. It's tough! But with your determination and sheer willpower, Scorpio, you can do it.
Sagittarius: As an athletic Archer, exercise is probably the least of your problems. You tend to run rather than walk. But you do enjoy your food, and you may gain weight in the winter when inclement weather forces you to slow down. If you want to shed those extra pounds quickly, you may have to cut back on some of your favorite foods. Even better: you can also start running again. Go for it!
Capricorn: Your natural body build doesn't leave room for too much superfluous weight. In addition to cutting back on fatty foods and eating more fruits and vegetables, exercises that help sculpt the body, such as yoga, Tai Chi, and weight training can help you regain your shape. And don't forget aerobic disciplines - walking, running, swimming, biking, and so on. You need them too.
Aquarius: You tend to overeat and over-drink when you're bored. Therefore, the best way for you to lose extra pounds, Aquarius, is more psychological than dietary. Don't get me wrong; you still have to eat less and exercise more. But simply keeping yourself busy, particularly with intellectual puzzles like crosswords that keep your mind buzzing, will distract you from any hunger pangs. Try it! The results will surprise you!
Pisces: You love sweets and fatty foods such as pasta covered with melted cheese. And you use them for comfort as much as for nutrition. Now, find something else to comfort you: music, painting, writing. And as for exercise, Pisces is the sign that rules the dance. Forget jogging, which will bore your dreamy nature to tears! Find a good instructor, and dance! Not only will you lose weight, you'll feel joy. Do it!