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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.

  • 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.

Common Misspellings

sacrid, saecred, hart, scared

Related Diets: Cabbage Soup Diet, Juice Diet, Maple Syrup Diet, Purple Diet

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Pam in Indiana

I'm back, on day 5 here but let me tell you about day 4, my schedule was off so I didnt eat as much as I should nor did I drink much water, I was dehydrated and dizzy so lesson learned, wont do that again! I weighed 237 (yippey!!) 8lb lighter. Now day 5, I'm on my second meat day weighing in at 237 still, finding that the meat is a bit heavy, because I dont eat this much beef, but my energy is back and feel great because I am accomplishing a goal that I set out to do this year. By the way my hubby is doing great also and it helps that he is such a great support. Talk again soon. Bye......

posted Jan 25th, 2010 10:22 pm


I tried this diet in April 2009. I lost about ten pounds. I went from 168lbs to 158lbs. Since then, I have tried about five other diets that just dont have the same great results, but I have not gained any weight back. I plan to start the diet again Monday.

posted Jan 24th, 2010 4:50 pm


This is my 4th day of the diet and I can say I feel like I have much more energy and I'm way more alert mentally. I weighed in at 260-lbs when I started and my wife has hid the scales insisting we wait until the end to weigh ourselves. I'm in my 47th year and I knew my weight was an issue because bending over to tie my shoes was becoming harder and harder and my joints ached. I'll keep you posted.

posted Jan 24th, 2010 3:47 pm

Pam in Indiana

Hello world I am back and guess what? I woke up this morning on the 3rd day and I'm down to 239 from 245 and this is the start of my 4th day.
I am still excited and I have great energy. I thought that the soup with banana's and milk would not satisfy me but to my surprise again I am just fine. Can't wait for my Beef day tomorrow though lol... Talk again in the tomorrow.

posted Jan 23rd, 2010 1:55 pm

Pam in Indiana

Hello everybody started day 3 and lost 1 more lb so far I HAVE LOST 4 lbs and still excited. I now
weigh 241, My appetite has decreased so I am forcing myself to eat quota. My energy is great but I know I'm pushing myself to fast in the exercising dept. I am happy and encouraged.

posted Jan 22nd, 2010 10:07 pm

Pam in Indiana

I am 47yrs old, and weighed 245 yesterday when I started the Sacred Heart Diet, now I love veggies of all kind but craved meat but I prevailed and weighed my self this morning I weighed 242, so I think I can wait for my meat
days lol. My husband is on it with me and he lost 3 lbs as well so we are both excited. I will keep you updated.

posted Jan 21st, 2010 5:37 pm


i did this diet for 3 days, and lost 7 pounds. i gave in the 3rd day and started eating chips so it was all over by then! im 5'10 165lbs and have muscle so im not fat by any means soif this worked for me it can work for many people. i am staring it up again this week!

posted Jan 19th, 2010 8:43 am


I've lost 6 lbs by day 5 so I'm pretty pleased. I do plan on staying on a modified version of it after day 7 to keep up the healthier eating habits I've adapted to.

posted Jan 16th, 2010 11:29 am


I thought that this diet was going to be incredibly difficult since I really love food! I am on day 4 and thought that I would be starving with only bananas, milk, and the soup... but I actually had to make myself eat to get the quota! I haven't been hungry because I can eat all of the fruits/vegetables with the soup that I want (depending on what is allowed per day). It has been hard watching my husband eat bread and meat, but I find that when I actually think about how I am feeling - that I am not truly hungry (just hungry out of habit). I really love this diet, but am not going to weigh myself until the very end! Thanks for all of the encouraging notes!

posted Jan 10th, 2010 10:10 pm


I am a vegetarian - I don't eat meat and fish. So, am wondering if I can substitute beef in the diet with something that is not meat of some kind? I would love to have some suggestions.

posted Jan 8th, 2010 5:02 pm


Today is day 4 of the Sacred Heart Diet. I'm beginning to think this diet is only effective if you have more than 20 pounds to lose! I have only lost 1 lb and haven't cheated once! I will stay on this through day 5 and then I'm moving onto a 3 day diet which allows you to eat more normally. I feel tired and spacey all the time.

posted Jan 7th, 2010 11:02 am


i started this diet yesterday and im not sure im doing it right. on the first day i ate as much fruit as i wanted ecept bananas and 3 large bowls of far today (2nd day) i have eaten beans and guacamole. i am about to eat my first bowl of soup for the day but im not hungrey should i eat it anyway? also im pretty sure i can eat however much veggies, fruit, meat, bananas and watever else is allowed on that specific day..... is that right? and lastly are there any fruits or veggies i cant eat? is there a specific way i should cook the meat? any feedback would help. thanks

posted Jan 5th, 2010 1:15 pm


I just started this today and just got done making the soup. I added some Indian Spices, Worchester sauce, and parsley flakes. I also added a small packet of chopped vegetables. The soup tastes great I can't get enough of it and I honestly don't even feel like anything else. I hope I have success :)

posted Dec 27th, 2009 4:34 pm


Gem, Green onion are chives. They are in the porduce sectio near the broccoli (they are long and flimsy, sold in a bunch). The soup mix is sold in a box (usually red) in the soup aisle. I use kitchen ready whole tomotoes and break them up.


posted Dec 8th, 2009 10:58 am


Today is day 7 of week 1 and both my husband and I are down 9 pounds. My appetite has decreased enormously and I don't have that energy drop after eating like I usually did when I was eating "regular" food. We even got weak on banana day and ate about 6 fried chicken wings and 2 nutty buddies at about 9:00 pm (not shared, we each ate that!) We thought we had blew it and were ready to start over but were surprised to find we were down another pound that morning. That let me know that I can be successful after I stop the diet. Eat smart for 3 days and then have a freward day. It's awesome! I can't wait to see what another week will do, especially since I'm adding exercise. I lost nothing the first 2 days and was ready to give up too, but I kept going with my husband and caught up with him. Don't give up!! My cycle was actually the reason I didn't see any results until day 3. I'm recommending it to all my family and friends.

posted Dec 7th, 2009 9:42 am


I love this diet! the first week was disspointing i only lost 5 pounds in the one week but i kept with it and after 3 weeks lost 23 pounds. i excercised 4 times a week with cardio AND weight lifting. My one feedback is DON't GIVE UP. i tried EVERYTHING and when i didnt loose that much i was about to quit but i kept with it and know i am sooo glad i stuck with it! good luck everyone!

posted Dec 7th, 2009 12:57 am


can any one helpme please? i want to start the sacred heart diet asap but the only lipton soup mix i can find is on ebay and its got white meat in it and its a cuppa soup is that the right one to use?
also wen the soup receipe asks for green onions does it mean spring onions because iv never heard of or seen green onions? and cant find any also i cant find stewed tomatoes only chopped or peeled can they be uised as a substitute? any one whohas done this diet asap and knows my answer please let me know thank you much appreciated:)x

posted Dec 5th, 2009 10:36 am


Im on day three and i have only lost a pound...Im disappointed, but will continue to stay on the diet until day 7. I hope this works...

posted Dec 4th, 2009 5:23 pm


To all Sacred Heart successful dieters, after you go ocff this diet, how are you able to maintain the weight?
To Brooke McGill- how do you incorporate normal diet with the soup?
My only concern is the lack of protein for the majority of the weeks. I work out and have a good amount of muscle mass on me and don't want to lose it.
Good luck to everyone. Appreciate your feedback.

posted Nov 14th, 2009 1:58 pm

Brooke McGill

i cannot express in words how successful this has been and continues to be...i wish i could make money from promoting it as i am filled with conviction for the positive move forward this 'eating plan' has created. the word 'diet' promotes enormous negativity. i started it about 2 months ago with little expectation except that i am 43 and feeling like i need to make healthier choices. this just made good basic 'no rocket science' and 'no $$ wasted' sense. i am feeling so much lighter, more energetic, more flexible, and just plain better about myself. it is the easiest thing i have ever ever done. i continue to follow the basis of the plan and make my own personal alterations on a daily basis to enjoy things in general. there is little i don't have sometimes. congratulations to the dietitian who put this together.

posted Nov 13th, 2009 7:20 am


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