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Sacred Heart Diet

Sacred Heart Diet

Quick weight loss program, similar to the Cabbage Soup Diet.

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The Sacred Heart Diet is a 7-day eating plan that is supposed to shed pounds quickly by consuming a special soup made of broth and vegetables as your main source of food. According to the diet, during the seven days, you can lose up to 10 pounds or more. Each day has specific guidelines for which foods and drinks to consume. There is a thorough list of restricted foods and beverages, so that you'll know exactly what you can and can't consume.

This diet supposedly comes from the Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital, although reports on the Web refute this. It is used for overweight heart patients in order to lose weight rapidly, usually prior to surgery. In addition to losing weight quickly, it is intended to also wash your body of impurities while giving you a surge of energy without the ingestion of caffeine or other energy-enhancing products. This diet is also sometimes referred to as the Cabbage Soup Diet.

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  • There are notable health benefits from avoiding certain processed foods like refined sugars and flours
  • Does not call for any funky supplements or herbal concoctions
  • Reliance on the diet's consumption of vegetables, fresh fruit and lean protein is beneficial to one's health and can possibly aid in weight loss also.
  • Its one-week time frame is manageable for individuals with a strong will power and who want to lose weight quickly
  • Supports exercise
  • Diet may be restrictive for some
  • No scientific evidence that this soup will actually burn calories
  • Once you've completed it, you are on your own to reestablish your eating routine
  • Does not give any guidelines for how to sustain long-term weight loss
  • Given its strictness, the individual may run the risk of having a gorge fest when Day 7 is completed
  • Sacred Heart Hospital and The American Heart Association deny any relationship with the diet

The soup, which is made from 11 ingredients, is the supposed magic pill of The Sacred Heart Diet. The soup includes canned tomatoes, mushrooms, green beans, bell peppers, celery, beef stock and vegetable juice. You can find the complete Sacred Heart Diet Recipe here.

For the seven days of this diet, you will eliminate bread, white sugar, alcohol, fried foods, and carbonated beverages

The Diet has specific guidelines for each day that you must adhere to in order to reap the supposed benefits.

Each day, you will consume your sacred soup in addition to certain kinds of fruit, certain allowable beverages, protein and other cooked or canned vegetables. For instance, on Day One, you may eat as much soup as you want to as well as fruit except for bananas. On this first day, you can only drink coffee, black tea, water or unsweetened juice without milk or sugar added to the beverages On Day Two, you can have soup, vegetables and a baked potato with a small pat of butter for dinner. On Day Four, you may eat at least 3 bananas, and drink as much skim milk and soup as you can. The diet continues for the following three days in which you add lean red meat or chicken and still continue to eat the soup.

Abiding by the diet's guidelines is intended to yield the results you are looking for.


There are no specific exercise recommendations for The Sacred Heart Diet other than to follow your usual exercise routine by getting in some form of exercise on most days of the week.


Albeit it is a very restrictive diet, The Sacred Heart Diet is a commendable eating plan given its reliance on vegetables, fruits and lean protein. It is clearly high in fiber, nutrients and minerals. It is similar to many low carbohydrate diets out there for its avoidance of refined sugars, flour of any sort, fried foods and added fat. Although there is no scientific proof that the sacred soup which you ingest every day is a magic pill to melt off the pounds, it is a great way to feel full and to get in more than your five veggies a day. But its reliance on veggies and fruit might give some stomach cramps if your system is not used to this way of eating. Since this such a one-shot punch to lose weight, it might be that you gain the weight back just as quickly or even more quickly as you lost it.

And do make a pact with yourself before starting this diet that on Day 8, when The Sacred Diet officially ends, you don't hightail it to McDonalds and order 3 double cheeseburgers and 2 super-sized fries. Do be gentle on your gut as you acclimate it back to the foods that you normally consume: order the Happy Meal.

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My daughter (159), my wife (169) and myself (215) are on it for two weeks...I used over 5 kinds of veggies, in 16 litre pot for soup, I mixed banana into milk smoothies with yogurt too...I`ve gained 3 lbs

posted Apr 14th, 2016 10:50 pm


This is all complete bullshit. Follow a normal, healthy diet to lose weight. If you're willing to follow this garbage actually follow a healthy meal plan can't be too hard.

posted Apr 4th, 2016 8:05 pm



I lost 14 pounds in first 6 day . Enough said.

posted Feb 27th, 2016 7:42 pm


I am on day 5 and have lost 7 lbs. Have done it in the past with great success. Yes it is a bit restrictive but certainly helps to cleanse your system. Main things are ensure you mentally prepare for this, eat the soup and get your water in!!!!

posted Nov 9th, 2015 5:27 pm


This diet works! I've been on it for 6 weeks and have lost 21 pounds (5 pounds the first week) of the 35 I want to lose. Admittedly, the first 4 days were rough as my body went through the elimination process and withdrawal from sugar. I did perform modifications to the soup and used only fresh ingredients and totally left out the Lipton soup; I never salt anything and eliminate sodium whenever possible. I also added fresh tomatoes, squash, grilled red peppers, spinach and fresh herbs after the soup was cooked (enough that veggies still had a slight crunch). I don't do dairy so the milk day I substituted almond/coconut milk (35 calories a cup). I'm slowly moving back to a normal diet now (don't follow the diet on weekends) and do splurge once in a while (e.g. Costco samples, microwave popcorn, fruit on non fruit days, meat on non meat days sips of latte, bite of a cookie) and the weight is still coming off at about 1.5-2.25 pounds a week. I do wear a Fitbit to track my intake vs. outtake of calories so that I don't go over. My blood pressure and heart rate has improved considerably and my fasting cholesterol was 159!
Good Luck!

posted Sep 30th, 2015 3:36 pm



I've been doing this for 3 days now, am on my banana day today. Weighed myself this morning & much to my surprise I'm down 7lbs! I've an event coming up in a month so am thinking I might continue this till then. So far I'm loving it!

posted Jul 3rd, 2015 7:59 am



I am on day 3 and have not even lost an ounce. I am following the diet and not cheating. What am I doing wro I am on day 3 and have not even lost an ounce. I am following the diet and not cheating. What am I doing wrong?

posted May 14th, 2015 1:52 pm

Marie Claude


Just love this diet! I did it 15 years ago, before getting married with my future husband and did it over the years sporadically. We are now doing it again, before going on vacation. We always lose weight but more importantly, it cleans your system to lead to a fresh on healthy eating habits. Of course, exercise also play a part in it. Healthy body healthy mind!!

posted Apr 16th, 2015 2:41 pm



No! No! No! According to My Fitness Pal, i only consumed 700 calories in 3 days. I literally had a breakdown and ended up crying in a public bathroom. I thought about food ALL the time and felt like an addict. (btw, i only have 20-ish pounds to lose). This diet is the devil!!! 👹

posted Apr 12th, 2015 1:20 am



I have lost 5.2 pounds in 6 days. No other diets work for me. I am shocked that it's so easy. One more day to go. I think I might do this diet once a month. So many vegetables, it's great!!

posted Apr 3rd, 2015 9:44 pm



I am on DAY 3.... I have not cheated and I have lost 6 lbs as of this morning... So it may be more...... It's difficult to eat the soup a lot... But I keep telling myself 10 to 17 lbs... I can do it... Also try sprinkling the cold soup on salad...

posted Mar 31st, 2015 9:40 pm



This diet works beautifully, I've been doing it for years. It's a quick way to shed a few pounds and jump start my workout and weight lost program. Like any diet or workout program, if you stop and return to bad behaviors, you will gain the weight back. Sacred Heart is not a permanent solution but I can say this, it works amazingly. Only 7 days, and the jump start is a great motivator!!! I usually loose between 7 to 9lbs & I'm in the 130lb range. Good luck guys!

posted Mar 20th, 2015 3:26 pm



Just completed 1 week, lost 6.8 pounds ... I will be taking a 1 day break then start another round (week), I will continue until I reach my goal weight. FEELING HEALTHY!

posted Mar 12th, 2015 6:58 pm



Did I spoil my Day 1 by consuming skimmed milk? I drank skimmed milk on day one. I wonder if that's going to spoil the diet, and do I have to start anew? :S

posted Feb 17th, 2015 11:39 am



Yes, have been on it for 5 days and lost 7 Kilos. A lot would be fluid, I am guessing, but very happy with the result so far.

posted Feb 2nd, 2015 3:16 pm



DAY 2 just had the baked potato awesome felt great today but tired this evening

posted Jan 28th, 2015 12:08 am



I don't think this diet is for the long term but as a start to healthy eating it's awesome! I and other members of my family have been on the 7day plan many times. Even my husband , who has difficulty dieting can easily follow it. I think because it's for just 7 days and you know you aren't going to be restricted in the long term. I myself find it so hard to know where to start and what to do that the simplicity of this diet and the fact that you know right away what you can have and what you can't. The soup is yummy and on days that you have meat you can add it right to the soup! The baked potato tastes soooo good when you get to eat it too. On veggie day I usually use a nonstick pan and some Worcestershire sauce and fry up mushrooms, onions and green pepper and it tastes awesome. After the week is over , it's important to have a menu plan ready so that you don't go overboard and eat too much. Honestly though, after a week of healthy eating, it's easier to stay away from the bad stuff!

posted Jan 15th, 2015 10:46 pm



I use this diet as a cleanse prior to starting a long term diet. It has worked great all 4 times that I have done it. I typically will lose 7-10lbs. Its a great way to get back in the grove of things.

posted Jan 13th, 2015 3:16 pm



I love this diet! It works as long as you don't cheat & sure I eat more fruit & fresh veggies than it ask for but that will keep your stomach full & less craving for junk. My husband & I lost 4 lbs just after 4 days of this diet. Imagine doing this for a whole month? Or 3 months straight? I'm telling you it's healthy & of course we would take 2-4 days break after the 7 days like eating ice cream or cakes & pies just to splurge but we go back on it again. It's whatever works for you. But remember to stick to it for at least 2 weeks the first time you do it without cheating & you're guarantee to see results!

posted Dec 4th, 2014 8:09 pm



I went on this diet for the 7 days and lost 10 lbs. As a result of this diet I have continued to eat healthy(ier) and have lost an additional 6 lbs in the week following this diet. This diet was a great way to start eating healthy while losing pounds quick. The weight loss was a motivator for the continued healthy eating. I would (and have) recommend this diet to those who want to begin to eat healthier.

posted Nov 18th, 2014 8:02 pm


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