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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.

PRO
  • 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
CON
  • 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
DIET and NUTRITION

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.

EXERCISE

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.

CONCLUSION

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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jim

I like it. Have lost 10 pounds already.

posted Mar 17th, 2009 10:10 pm


Angela

This diet is great to lose a quick few pounds, I lost 9 pounds in the week, but immediately gained back about 3 or 4 when i stopped, it's definitely helped in changing my eating habits though, i'm eating a lot more fruit and veg which is filling me up so i'm not eating as much rubbish, pretty good short term to lose a few pounds quickly but definitely not sustainable. Good luck everyone!

posted Mar 17th, 2009 1:23 am


Lindsay

Today is day 1! The soup is good... I'm just worried about tomorrow when I cant eat anything but soup and veggies all day... not sure how I'll feel about that in the morning... .any ideas???

posted Mar 16th, 2009 1:34 pm


frances

it was good tasting and healthy along with walking everyday and my first week i lost seven pounds, and still going. i recommend it to coworkers and they are already on it. thanks

posted Mar 15th, 2009 2:00 pm


MissK

I will be starting this diet on Monday. I want to loose about 45 pounds, so my plan is to do this diet once a month and eat healthy the other 3 weeks along with exercise while doing both. I just have 2 questions.

What kinds of fruit juice do some of you drink, because all of the juices I know of have some sugar in them.

Also, because you I wont be intaking as many calories and I still plan to excerise, should I just a diet supplement or vitamin of some sort to ensure I have enough energy and I dont pass out?

posted Mar 11th, 2009 10:49 am


sonja

just started today i love the soup and so does my friends and boyfriend to bad they cant have any ..im doing great i had a couple bites of banana bread and im drinking lemonade but i figured it wont hurt its just day 1 day 2 and on i will not cheat :)

posted Mar 9th, 2009 8:39 pm


cheekygirl

today is the first day of my second week on this diet. this diet is amazing!!! i lost 7 pounds the first week so that was a pound a day. i found it very hard at first because i was used to eating fast food and lots of cokes but it is getting easier. i did a couple cheats like a bowl of cereal one day and i had a starbucks and half a donut but still lost 7 pounds. the only bad things are the sometimes i have been dizzy and also noticed that i go to the bathroom a lot (diarrhea)

posted Mar 9th, 2009 8:00 pm


joann

THIS DIET defnitely works if you stick to it! I think it is true that the more soup you eat the more weight you lose however don't eat so much that you get sick. atleast 3 big bowls a day should do it. The soups not that bad but after eating it a while it makes me sick. but it works so its worth it!

posted Mar 6th, 2009 7:12 pm


Meka

Okay, I'm on day 4 and I get to eat bananas and drink skim milk. Thank goodness for this because I needed a change. I just weighed myself and I'm down 5 pounds. I can't see the weight difference but I recently moved up to a size 13 in jeans and this morning I was able to buttom up my size 11 jeans. They are still too tight but hopefully by the end of the 7th day they will have a relaxed fit.

posted Mar 6th, 2009 9:35 am


Meka

Yes, the soup is full of carrots and celery which have so few carories in them that it takes your body more calories to digest the items than are actually in the carrots and celery. So when you think about it by eating the soup you are helping your body burn extra calories. The down fall is this is why they call it a starvation diet, though you eat alot your body burns up all the calories and then some so you end up with nothing in your system. That is why I'm only going to do this diet for a week. I don't like the idea of starving myself.

posted Mar 5th, 2009 10:47 am


TT

Is it true that the more soup you eat the more wight you lose?

posted Mar 4th, 2009 10:15 pm


Meka

I just started this diet this morning, I made the soup last night. I'm actually eating the soup for the first time right now and it tastes pretty good to say that I hate carrots and celery. My concern is that I want to start working out and have already bought some hydroxycut to start taking. Do you think it's a bad idea to use hydroxycut or green tea diet pills while doing this sacred heart diet?

posted Mar 3rd, 2009 9:25 am


Cassy

im gonna start doing this
i just hope i wont cheat and i stick to it

i cant wait
wish me luck
>.< !!

posted Feb 28th, 2009 7:42 pm


Kimberly

When I first saw this I said no I can't do this, no protein (except for some skim milk). I've hit a plateau in my counting calories and working out, so I decided to try it. So far it's working well but I wouldn't recomend doing this for a long period of time. (I"m mainly doing it because I hit that plateau and I want to win my Biggest Loser constest at work, plus I'm going on a cruise in a week).
I think it's ok to change up your routine but I wouldn't do this every week. It's not healthy to totaly deprive yourself of protein and whole grain wheats. So maybe do it once in a blue moon but be careful when you get off of it. Don't indulge into heavy foods. You will put the weight back on. Once you are off, eat six small meals a day with every meal containing a carb and protein. Don't forget to exercise to increase your success. Good Luck

posted Feb 27th, 2009 7:04 pm


STL

NO.. you shouldn't stay on this diet for "as long as you want".. you can do it on and of.. maybe once a month if you are planning to loose a lot.. i love this diet but loosing a lot on any diet that last too long is going to harm you because your body and your heart will be in a lot of stress.. if you want to continue for a long time, get of the diet (but eat healthy, not mcdonalds, fries and beer) for a couple of weeks or a month and then start again.. you do need grains and legumes.. try to eat weigh watchers style in between.. that will work.. =)

posted Feb 24th, 2009 1:45 am


Larry

Hey 11 days 15 lbs I love it

Can I stay on this as long as i want with out any
grain products thought we needed grain or legumes to survive?

posted Feb 20th, 2009 2:26 pm


kayl

correction it was 6lbs I lost after 3 days not 9!
that was a typo lol
xxx

posted Feb 5th, 2009 4:21 am


kayl

Hello I'm back again :]
I have decided to try to the first 3 days of the diet every monday/tues/wed for the next 7 weeks or there abouts to try get to my target weight

however I'm changing the soup every week slightly so I don't get bored of it, like adding other veg or different stock
but hopefully I will lose 5-7 lbs each time I do it as I lost around 8lbs after the 1st 3 days last tiem I did this diet.

so wish me luck everyone and i will keep posting after every 3 days of the diet to see how I do :]

Love & Light
x x x

posted Feb 5th, 2009 4:16 am


oh hi

people blast this like you're going to die from a week of it. and no. i'm on it for the second time and it's not hard. last time around i only lasted 6 days and lost 8 pounds with zero exercise and some cheating. so this time i'm doing it right and working out. i'm pretty sure i'll lose an asston of weight.

one tip i have is to KEEP YOURSELF BUSY. that's the best way to succeed. you really wont think about it. buy loads of green tea and sip on that all day if it helps, go see friends, go on walks. anything to take your mind off food makes this diet really, really easy. also, bring the icky soup with you however you can if you're going out at all.

posted Feb 2nd, 2009 6:43 pm


STL

well.. i lost 8 pounds but i must say that i was a bad girl towards the end and didn't exercise that much.. =p so i'm sure i could have lost a lot more.. i haven't gain any back and i'm planing on doing this next month again and i'm going to replace some foods with a low sodium low cal soup every once in a while because it really does work.. awesome diet, i felt great and full of energy..

posted Jan 29th, 2009 3:47 pm



 

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