Now that the holidays are over, it's time to kiss all those pies and cookies goodbye and get fit! You can stay healthy and reach your weight loss goals if you stick to the best diet for your horoscope sign.
With so many diets to choose from, it's nearly impossible to decide which is right for you. But we can help. Astrology can whittle your waist!
We've taken a look at some of the most popular diets out there and matched them up with the most fitting horoscope signs, to help you find the diet that will work best with your personal preferences and natural inclinations -- and that will be easier to stick to.
Remember, this is merely a guideline. If a diet not listed under your horoscope sign sounds good, check it out. It may be that you have another key astrological planet or point in that sign. (Remember, too, to check with your physician before you start any diet, especially if you have special health needs or considerations.)
And regardless of which diet you choose, once you've started do your best to stick with it. A few weeks and a couple of inches will do wonders for the most important thing of all ... your attitude!
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
The Atkins Diet
This diet seems tailor-made for Aries individuals. First of all, it's often described as perfect for "people who are willing to exercise in combination with dieting," and with all that red-hot energy you folks are famous for, exercise not only isn't a problem -- it's a given. Your lifestyle probably provides you with more daily "incidental" exercise than most of us get when we're working consciously at it for a full week -- and that's not to mention your innate love of adrenaline.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Sugar ... It's delightful, delicious and delovely -- and "owned" by Venus, the loveliest, sweetest planet of all, which just so happens to be your ruling planet. That said, be careful of how much sugar you ingest -- candy bars, pastries and even alcohol. For that reason, this is the diet for you. It's often recommended for diabetics (types 1 and 2). It's designed to balance your carbs, proteins and fats with your sugar intake -- and in the process, it gives you the energy you need to exercise while you're working toward your weight loss goal.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
There aren't too many horoscope signs as famous for their gift of gab, or their knack for socializing with absolutely anyone under absolutely any circumstances. You, Gemini, hold the record -- it's uncontested. So when it comes to choosing a diet, you definitely won't want to do it alone, and Weight Watchers is the diet for you. So while you're busy counting calories and pounds as they melt away, you'll also be busy mixing and mingling. Sounds more like an ongoing party than a torture test, doesn't it?
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
You, Cancer, are the caretakers of the zodiac. You're terrific at it, but often not as good at taking care of yourself, so this is definitely the diet plan for you. Food is delivered to your home, requires a minimum of preparation, and can be customized according to either your personal preferences or health-related issues. It's a time-saver, too -- and are there any Cancers on the planet who don't need an extra 45 minutes in every day?
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
The 6-Day Body Makeover
You're a Fire sign, Leo, and as such, not notoriously patient. So any diet that guarantees results in less than a week ... well, that's definitely going to catch your eager eye. In addition to providing results so quickly -- which is all you really needed to hear -- the 6-Day Body Makeover also gives you another wonderful Fire-sign gift: the inspiration to exercise -- something every Fire sign needs! But that goes double for you, Leo. With all that pizazz you're packing, if anyone needs an outlet for that energy, it's you and your firey cousins Aries and Sagittarius. Give this one a try. If nothing else, you'll love seeing the speedy results.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
The French Women's Diet
According to diet experts, French women manage to stay svelte and stylish by doing something that Americans definitely don't do: they eat small portions, never skip meals, choose their food carefully and take their time. The also never eat "on the run." They have the concept of eating to live (while enjoying it) down to a science, even if they dine at 10:00 p.m. and have wine with every meal. For all those reasons, the French Women's Diet definitely belongs to precise, meticulous, self-disciplined Virgo.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
You've probably not ever read this about yourself before, Libra, but contrary to popular opinion, you're not the horoscope sign that specializes in being balanced -- your job is to restore balance. So a diet that allows you to do that for your health and your body ... well, that's the one for you, and The Zone is perfect. It's all about balance: your mission is to be sure that your daily intake includes 40 percent carbs, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fat. In fact, it's been touted as one of the only diets that really does promote moderation.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
The Sonoma Diet
You, Scorpio, adore physical pleasures -- which include food, of course. You also hate feeling deprived of your desires. That makes dieting tough -- so The Sonoma Diet is absolutely tailor-made for you. First, it doesn't make you feel as if you're dieting. That's a plus. It's described as focusing on food enjoyment and flavor! It also allows you the luxury of choosing from ten power foods, too -- and "power anything" is right up your alley. Definitely check this one out.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Every horoscope sign has one particular part of the body that belongs to them. Aries, the first sign, "owns" the head, Taurus rules the throat, and Pisces, the last sign, is in charge of the feet. You, Sag, hold jurisdiction over the thighs and hips -- which makes this definitely the diet for you. The Fat Flush specializes (according to nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D.) in ridding fat from the hips, thighs and waist ... in two weeks. Why, that even works for your innate Fire-sign lack of patience!
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
The Grapefruit Diet
If there's anybody out there who eats to live instead of living to eat, it's you. You also have more willpower than at least nine of the other signs put together. For those reasons, to start with, this diet is perfect for you. Lots of folks would avoid a diet based on one particular food like the plague, but you won't mind a bit -- especially since this diet has been around for 70 years ... and you know how you feel about resilience.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
The Cabbage Soup Diet
A quick review of this diet proves that it's absolutely perfect for anyone who's ready to completely change their lifestyle, do it for a short, intense time, and expect quick results. Talk about a match made in heaven! In fact, many reviewers describe it as a rather odd, unusual and even "off the wall" way to lose weight. The key is to use this as a one-week, quick solution -- say, to get yourself into a special outfit, via an entirely new daily routine, including food, exercise, and temporarily putting aside those little extravagances you often reward yourself with.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Bob Greene's Diet
This diet seems just perfect for you, Pisces. First of all, it's based on helping you to take control, not just physically, but emotionally as well. Now, you're a Water sign, and Water equals emotions, so it's a good bet that when you're stressed or unhappy, you may turn to food for comfort. This diet, according to its founder, Bob Greene, prompts you to take a look at the role your feelings play in your weight loss struggle, and to uncover and understand the emotional triggers that add those unwanted pounds. Greene also provides tips on how to sneak a bit of exercise into your life, gradually increasing it until you're not only used to it, but enjoying it.