Can't find a slimming regime that works Maybe the answer is in your stars
00:41 GMT, 14 June 2012
Since astrology can give us an insight into what makes us tick – helping us understand how we act in a relationship, what we need to inspire us and the situations we should try to avoid – then could our star sign also help determine the best way to keep in shape
Astrologer Sharon Ward, who has more than 20 years’ experience in lecturing and writing on astrology and health, thinks so. ‘Astrology can give us a real insight into personality, so it can help you find a diet and exercise regime that you’ll stick to,’ she explains.
Using her insights, Sharon has created a special astro-diet plan. So what do the diet and fitness experts think Andrew Stemler, director of training at Crossfit in London, says: ‘Looking at your star sign to work out what you enjoy is a fun way to start exercising, and anything that inspires you to get fit is a good thing.’
Dietician Anne Myers, of the British Dietetic Association, says the astro-diet plan has some great ideas. ‘I think everyone should be following these suggestions, whatever star sign they are.’ So whether you’re a sensitive Piscean or a wilful Taurus, here’s astrologer Sharon’s guide to getting your beach body this year…
Since astrology can give us an insight into what makes us tick could our star sign also help determine the best way to keep in shape
ARIES Mar 20 – Apr 20
high-achieving, Victoria Beckham is a typical Aries. You thrive on
competition and are determined to win. When it comes to dieting,
fast-paced regimes that bring quick results are perfect for you because
patience definitely isn’t a virtue.
Atkins (high in protein, low in carbs) is a good bet for an Aries. It
provides concentrated fuel and appeals to your competitive,
all-or-nothing personality. This is quite an extreme diet so I’d
recommend regular health checks to keep an eye on things such as your
too self-oriented to be a team player so there’s no point working out
with friends. Go for aerobics, circuits, sprinting, in fact anything
that tests you to the limit.
TAURUS Apr 21-May 21
Christina Hendricks, from Mad Men, epitomises this most sensual of star
signs. But your love of pleasure includes a deep affection for naughty
treats such as profiteroles. So the key to diet success is to plan
as it allows you to eat large amounts of the right type of food
(vegetables) and even some of the wrong ones (like cake) that you adore.
Plan your menus around slow-burning carbs such as brown rice, wholemeal
bread and dried fruit which leave you feeling full.
EXERCISE: Use your stubbornness to keep you focused on a goal, such as running 5k in 30 minutes.
GEMINI May 22-June 22
youthful and always on the go, Gemini’s mantra is ‘variety is the spice
of life’, so you find it hard to stick to the same diet or exercise
Rosemary Conley’s approach, which balances lots of varied food groups
alongside a varied exercise regime, is perfect. Your fatal flaw is
snacking on the go. Avoid crisps and chocolate bars by having a box of
chopped fruit in your bag to snack on instead. Make it a rule to eat
sitting at a table with a knife and fork at least once a day.
a mix of aerobics and high-intensity workouts to stop you getting
bored. Gemini Angelina Jolie has tried everything from wrestling and
kick-boxing to yoga.
ARIES: Victoria Beckham
TAURUS: Christina Hendricks
GEMINI: Angelina Jolie
CANCER: Cheryl Cole
CANCER June 23-July 23
eating and bingeing are common traits. Even super-slim Cancerian Cheryl
Cole admits to a fondness for pasties. Your tough outer layer
hides a vulnerable and very loyal soul. Cancer rules the stomach and
food brings a sense of emotional security, so when you’re upset, you
find solace in food.
The Amen Diet, from psychiatrist Dr Daniel Amen, which explains the
five brain types and their triggers for bingeing, might help you to
Boot camps and aggressive, military-style workouts are a Cancerian’s
idea of hell. Try swimming and Tai Chi because they’ll relax you.
LEO July 24-Aug 23
is a typical Leo: fiery and focused. Once Leos decide on a course of
action, they have the energy and commitment to see it through. Just look
at how she’s honed her body over the years.
Leos love rich food — cheese, cream and red meat are your downfall.
Think of how you’ll look in your bikini and let your vanity inspire you.
Once it does, even the strictest regime won’t deter you. Small,
high-protein meals — plenty of eggs, fish and pulses — work for you. The
fewer carbs the better. The Dukan diet is ideal because Leos need
routine, order and a goal on which to focus.
EXERCISE: Leos love a challenge, so you thrive on high-impact exercise. Try weights, squash and Zumba.
VIRGO Aug 24-Sep 23
of faddy diets — despite your competent, no-nonsense exterior, you can
be surprisingly gullible. Baby food, liquid and cabbage soup diets might
appeal at first, but they won’t work in the long run.
Weight Watchers’ points system will suit your meticulous style. Go for
fibre-rich food, such as fresh fruit, salads, salmon and nuts. Avoid
bread, full-fat milk and cream. Virgo rules the digestive and nervous
system. Your body is extremely sensitive to stress, and upsets go
straight to your stomach. If you binge on heavy food, your digestive
system will be overloaded.
Body-sculpting exercise classes such as Pilates and yoga will appeal to
this precise, particular star sign. Virgo Pippa Middleton’s (right)
perfect bottom was sculpted by Pilates.
VIRGO: Pippa Middleton
LIBRA: Gwyneth Paltrow
SCORPIO: Katy Perry
LIBRA Sep 24-Oct 23
Paltrow, with her toned legs, flawless complexion and penchant
for macrobiotic diets might make the rest of us green with envy, but we
can all learn from her. Balance and harmony are Libran watchwords, so
incorporate these into your diet and fitness regimes.
Ruled by Venus, Librans need to feel cherished, or they’ll binge on
something sweet and sticky. The GI Diet will essentially help balance
out your sugar levels. Your vulnerable points are your bones and
kidneys, so have calcium-rich foods and plenty of fluids.
EXERCISE: Red in the face and puffed out doesn’t appeal to you, so take up more gentle exercise, such as yoga.
SCORPIO Oct 24-Nov 22
focused, you want a regime that pushes you to the limit. Katy Perry is a typical Scorpio, clear about the direction in which her
life is headed and determined to achieve her goals.
Try Tim Ferris’s The 4-Hour Body. With no carbs, no fruit or milk and
loads of pulses, the diet is extreme. But one day a week you can eat
whatever you want, which appeals to a Scorpio as you enjoy extremes. You
can suffer from hormonal imbalance, and healthy fats such as oily fish
EXERCISE: Passionate, and demanding, Scorpios need a rigorous regime which demands focus, such as martial arts or kick-boxing.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23-Dec 21
Johansson is a true Sagittarius: voluptuous, strong and
vibrant. You love travel and the great outdoors, so choose an exercise
regime that reflects that and an exotic diet. Sagittarius rules the
liver, so cleanse it with plenty of water. Try vegetable juices such as
carrot and beetroot to detox.
Go for an Oriental diet which includes lots of fish, nuts, seeds,
vegetables and rice (try to replace white carbohydrates with brown).
These are energy-giving foods and you need as much of them as possible
as you are one of the most energetic signs. Stodgy snacks are your
weakness, so swap them for sushi, nuts or rice cakes.
EXERCISE: Try hiking, cycling or running — anything that gets you out in the fresh air, enjoying the scenery.
SAGITTARIUS: Scarlett Johansson
CAPRICORN: Duchess of Cambridge
AQUARIUS: Jennifer Aniston
PISCES: Eva Mendes
CAPRICORN Dec 22-Jan 20
Like Kate Middleton, who is a typical Capricorn, you are a master of self-discipline. Cool, calm and focused, the Duchess of Cambridge has her regime fixed firmly in her head and nothing’s going to sway her. In general, though, don’t beat yourself up if you fall off the wagon sometimes.
DIET: The Cambridge Weight Plan, which requires lots of self-discipline, could work for you. Mixing meals — chicken, vegetables, eggs, fruit, rice and pasta — alongside the special soups, bars and shakes allows you to rigorously monitor you calorie intake, which you’ll enjoy.
EXERCISE: You work well on your own, so forget girly classes — hit the road for an early morning run instead.
AQUARIUS Jan 21-Feb 19
Jennifer Anniston is a free-spirited Aquarian. You make, and break, the rules as you go along, which makes sticking to a diet a challenge!
DIET: Because you’re a rebel, you may over-indulge. Try hypnosis to change the way you think about food (it appeals to Aquarians because it’s still considered alternative). Aquarius rules the nervous system. To keep this in balance have foods rich in B vitamins such as leafy veg, tuna and eggs.
EXERCISE: The wackier the better. Try hula-hooping, trapeze workouts or ultra-marathons. As long as you feel free, you’re happy.
PISCES Feb 20-Mar 20
Perceptive, intuitive, and compassionate, Pisceans, such as Eva Mendes, need a regime that’s relaxing rather than tough and high-energy.
DIET: Bolster your defences with plenty of garlic and ginger, and try low-fat Asian foods. Eat Right For Your Body Type, by Anjum Anand, explains the Ayurvedic philosophy which divides people into physical and emotional types. Eating correctly for your type is at the crux of this ancient philosophy which is gentle and spiritual — Pisces personified.
EXERCISE: Try stretching, swimming and dancing every day to relieve stress.