Astrologer June Baker-Howard explains how the characteristics of your zodiac sign can help you to lose weight.
And it works like this - the basic rule as astrology is that everything is true to its moment of time. Your horoscope or astrological birth chart displays the energy pattern present at the time you entered the world, and tells much about the structure of your own energy, mass and inner dynamics.
An awareness of these inner dynamics, including your inner strengths and potential weaknesses, is vital to the success of any slimming campaign.
Aries (March 21-April 20)
Slimming Strengths: The ambitious side of you is one of your main slimming strengths. You possess the mental strength to give up any food or indulgence item that turns out to be damaging to your health or figure.
Slimming Weaknesses: A hurried lifestyle is one of the root causes of your eating problems. The desire to see quick results in whatever you start is one of your greatest obstacles because you become discouraged or impatient.
Taurus (April 21-May 21)
Slimming Strengths: Once you have deciced to pursue a course of action you rarely abandon it. Being practical, determined and even stubborn is one of your greatest slimming strengths, and you are unlikely to break your diet habits easily.
Slimming Weaknesses: You have gourmet tastes. And if you can't afford the lifestyle you would like, you may be tempted to compensate by awarding yourself generous portions of rich and indulgent foods.
Gemini (May 22-June 21)
Slimming Strengths: Gemini is essentially a 'slim' sign. Weight problems are relatibely uncommon for a Gemini because your restless energy provides you with the means to stay slim and retain a youthful figure.
Slimming Weaknesses: You are at your best when surrounded by an audience. Here lies your greatest weaknesses, as eating out can be detrimental to your figure. Also, if you find yourself under pressure it's far too easy for you to grab a snack.
Cancer (June 22-July 23)
Slimming Strengths: You use your Cancerian sensitivity to work out the best way to refuse unwanted food without causing offence. A white lie, such as: "I've already eaten" may be easier than explaining why you are trying to lose weight.
Slimming Weaknesses: Your first instinct when someone visits is to bring out the food, and your figure is also at risk when you accept hospitality, especially if the person presses you to "just finish this last little slice".
Leo (July 24-August 23)
Slimming Strengths: Pride in yourself represents one of your greatest dieting strengths. Although an inconsiderate remark can dent your egho, it can also act like a trigger to set you off on a determined fitness or slimming course.
Slimming Weaknesses: Winter represents your most dangerous period. Resist the tendency to turn to hearty meals for comfort. And Leo's stubborn streak makes you resistant to change, even when it's good for you.
Virgo (August 24-September 23)
Slimming Strengths: You are the perfectionist when it comes to correcting any imperfections in the way you look. And your main strength isthe way you break down formidable projects into more manageable tasks.
Slimming Weaknesses: You are aware of the impoartance of proper eating - but do you sometimes exist on just coffee all day, only to sit down to a mammoth meal in the evening? Eating regular meals is essential for you is you are to stay slim.
Libra (September 24-October 23)
Slimming Strengths: You are an ideal candidate for a structured diet plan, because you like the idea of a balanced life. And you will go to great lengths to look good if there's someone you want to impress.
Slimming Weaknesses: The most difficult part of starting a new project is initiating the action. All too often you wait for a decision to be forced upon you before you direct your energies into a new scheme or make a drastic lifestyle change.
Scorpio (October 24-November 22)
Slimming Strengths: Nothing is likely to stand in your way once you set your sights on a new body shape. You always aim to be the boss, so by controlling the amounts and the type of food you eat, you will be able to maintain your target weight once you have achieved it.
Slimming Weaknesses: You tend to veer from one extreme to another, from impressing others with your strong will to depressing yourself with a sudden attack of self-indulgence.
Sagittarius (November 23-December 21)
Slimming Strengths: You have lots of energy and enthusaism which is directed into whatever you do. And you possess a breadth of vision which enables you to identify your next main objective and go for it.
Slimming Weaknesses: Sagittarians are impulsive eaters and react instantly when a pang of hunger strikes. Another potential weight loss obstacle is impatience, which can cause you to abandon a diet before it has been given a fair go.
Capricorn (December 22-January 20)
Slimming Strengths: Your awareness of how you should look is a plus factor for your slimming ambitions. The mere thought of being described as a 'corpulent Capricorn' should motivate you to persevere with your weight loss plan.
Slimming Weaknesses: You place great store in the customs you've grown up with, and this represents your greatest slimming obstacle. You'll have to close the door on some of your past eating patterns to stay in shape.
Aquarius (January 21-February 19)
Slimming Strengths: You eat to live rather than living to eat, which makes you an ideal candidate for a diet. Here lies one of your greatest strengths, because it means that food doesn't dominate your thoughts.
Slimming Weaknesses: One of your slimming weaknesses is the tendency to 'make do' with snacks. Avoid rushing out to buy essentials, such as milk and bread, and instead staggering back with biscuits, nuts and other fatty foods.
Pisces (February 20-March 20)
Slimming Strengths: Compliments mean a great deal to Pisces, so you will probably go to tremendous lengths to win the approval of those you admire. This need to prove yourself is a positive slimming advantage.
Slimming Weaknesses: One of your obstacles is a tendency to procrastinate. Sometimes you put things off, not because you're lazy but because you're afraid of failure. Avoid eating with anyone who dominates you, especially at the dinner table.