You name the diet - I've done it. Or started it, to be truthful. I usually start strong and then grow bored by day 3 or 4, and every time I do I think to myself that I should just eat less and move around more. So, in an effort to do this here's my very own Donna Ida Holiday Diet.
First thing - hot water and lemon juice (someone told me I shouldn't throw an espresso on an empty stomach, as it will stress my kidneys/liver (or both) out
2 tablespoons of low fat Greek yoghurt with 1 teaspoon of honey and a sprinkling of blueberries
1 cup of porridge made with skimmed milk or soya milk (soak it overnight, makes it much creamier) with 1 teaspoon of honey and a sprinkling of blueberries.
Mid-morning and mid-afternoon. A couple of dried apricots or prunes and about a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds.
Butternut squash, parsnip or broccoli soup. You can make this yourself - do a whole pot and then freeze it into small containers. Chop the vegetables up and cook until soft in vegetable or chicken stock, then whizz till smooth. Add a little salt and pepper.
Chicken/fish or steak and a small amount of salad. No potato and no dessert after! If you fancy something sweet try a few spoons of low fat yoghurt.
Try to avoid alcohol too as wine and champagne really put the weight on.
This a rough guide only - god knows I stray off brief constantly - but if you try to keep everything in check up till Christmas at least you won't have too far to come back from in the New Year! I'll report back on my Donna Ida Holiday Diet - cross your fingers for me.