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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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Anastasia

So far I am on my third day of the diet and I can tell a difference. I don't weigh myself because I don't want to discourage myself while I diet and exercise, but when I sit down I can tell a difference, as can I when I exercise and breathe. It's a super hard diet to follow but it seems like it does what it's said to do =)

posted Dec 31st, 2008 11:32 pm


Alicia

To: 007 bond gurl
And
Mindi

Try to remember that the best time to weigh yourself is in the morning, because you have had time to digest your food. My friend brought it to my attention that when you eat a meal, your weight can go up as much as 5lbs immediately because you just added more to your mass. Once that food digests, you will know you real weight. And Believe it or not, clothes make a difference. Try to go for an entire week without weighing and then weight yourself the morning after the 7th day. I always weight myself wearing the same thin house coat and always in the morning.

You will definitely be discouraged if you eat and weigh yourself immediately. If you want my professional advice, you can check with your doctor. I am only writing from my own experience.

posted Dec 31st, 2008 11:56 am


Alicia

To ggggg,

I did this diet and told my friend about it. She started it too but she found that it was very time consuming to cut all those vegetables, because she and her husband did it together and a pot of soup only lasted for about two or three days. She tried the Vegetable Beef Barley Soup by Progresso and she had the same results.

I then started buying Progresso soup instead of making it and it works the same, so I donā??t make the soup anymore and I donā??t think I ever will. I quickly got tired of the Vegetable Barley Soup so I started buying all different kinds of light Progresso Soup and there has been no difference in my results. I definitely recommend that you buy some soup in the can if you get tired of making it.

Just remember to get light soup. I only buy the Progresso soups that are worth 0 or 1 Weight Watchers Points. You can also buy Campbell Select Harvest Soups. They are healthy and actually have fewer calories than Progresso, but both are good.

Just follow the diet exactly as it is written only substituting the homemade soup for the light can soup. Also, drink tons of water to balance the salt in the Progresso Soup.

One more thing; there are other brands of healthy soups out there like Healthy Choice and a few others. Just try the different ones and determine what is best for you.

posted Dec 31st, 2008 11:40 am


artjet

I absolutely cannot stand bananas, it makes me sick the thought of eating one...can you replace the bananas with another high protein food??

posted Dec 30th, 2008 12:28 pm


Alicia

So far, this diet has helped me lose 34 pounds in less than two months. It is a great diet to help you reach your weight goals whether it is 50 lbs or 150 lbs.

I have had people say to me that I will gain the weight back as soon as I get off the diet because it is a crash diet. It is true, you can potentially gain the weight back when you get off the Sacred Heart Diet because it is a strict regimen that tells you exactly what to eat and when to eat it, so that your body quickly drops the weight. When you stop following this regimen, you may not know what to eat and weight gain can occur.

When you finish the diet it is important not to go crazy at fast food places or with junk food. It is definitely possible to keep all the weight of that you lose. The only way to do this is to learn new healthier eating habits to adapt for the rest of your life. Weight Watchers is a good program to help you with this.

While Sacred Heard will help you lose more weight at a faster pace, you can only have a limited number of foods. But with Weight Watchers, you can go to any restaurant and eat as long you follow the guide, and this is something you can use for the rest or your life to maintain the phenomenal results you get with the Sacred Heart Diet.

Oh yes, on the Sacred Heart Diet, you should take a multivitamin and maybe find some protein water. Special K has a good brand that I love to drink.

posted Dec 30th, 2008 12:00 pm


ggggg

can u eat just normal soup from a can ?

posted Dec 28th, 2008 5:35 pm


mia

OMG!!!! this diet is the only diet that works so well. Every one didnt believe how much i lost in 1 week, not even my mom and we all did it together. I lost 20ib in that 1 week. believe it or not. Everybody noticed, and it was a very good feeling after completing it. It is a very good diet if you want to lose about 17 ibs
* for the fruits i just ate watermelon and cantelope, and i drank a lot of cranberry. I also didnt eat the soup because i thought it tasted bad.

posted Dec 22nd, 2008 6:51 pm


Mindi

well, i don't wanna dissapoint anyone who's really excited about this diet, however, sorry to break up to you but i gotta inform you some side effects....i did this diet strickly for one week and i've lost 10 lbs!!! i was really happy, so after i finished i went back to my regular food (nothing fried nor greasy and stuff, really healthy) i even stopped eating after 6 pm. well, guess what happened the next day when i weighted myself, i went over 5-7lbs!!!! i couldn't believe it!!! so the following day i decided to begin this diet again so i treated myself (i regret it so much) with wendy's (i had a 99 cent burger and a wrap) and i went back up to my old weight, i mean...so i did it again but once i got down to 10 lbs, my weight just wouldn't go down anymore, it didn't matter how much soup or how stricktly i followed the diet. i'm just letting you from my experience. i was so excited how my weight was going down but later i become to realize that as much as i went down, its really easy to go back up.

posted Dec 15th, 2008 12:00 am


crystall

Today was day 1 of this diet, I have my sister doing it with me and so far all is ok. Ive had 3 bowls of soup, some cranberry juice, a cup of herbal tea and about 5 small mandarin oranges today. Im stuffed but I so want something non fruit or soup!! lol I have had to go pee like crazy today! looking forward to baked potato tomorrow night

posted Dec 14th, 2008 8:44 pm


alice

well today is day 3 and yayyyyyyyyy i lost 6.5 plds omg i was so happy especially after almost giving up well im ok today but cant wait for bananas tomorrow hahaha hope tonight is better then last night... good luck to you all

posted Dec 10th, 2008 3:26 pm


ALICE

OK WELL I DID THE 2ND DAY OK I HAVENT CHEATED BUT IM GETTING THESE HEAD ACHS AND FEELING ALITTLE WEEK ONLY AT NIGHT CAN SOMEONE TELL ME IF THIS IS NORMAL... I WANT TO MAKE THE WEEK BUT NOT SURE I CAN PRAY I CAN GET THROUGH TOMORROW. THANKS GUYS

posted Dec 9th, 2008 11:16 pm


ALICE

WELL TODAY WAS MY FIRST DAY I DIDNT CHEAT THANK GOD BUT IT IS HARD FOR ME. I WORK WITH A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE THAT BRING IN COOKIES AND CAKES THAT IS THE HARDEST.... AND NOW I COME HOM STARVING TO FIND MY HUSBAND COOKING FOR HIM AND THE KIDS AND THIS IS REALLY HARD BUT I AM STICKING WITH THIS I JUST HOPE IT WORKS... I CANT WAIT FOR TOMORROW TO HAVE MY BAKED POTATOE I NEED FOODDDDD LOLOL

posted Dec 8th, 2008 6:09 pm


Erica

I am on day 6 of the diet and I feel great. A little tip for the people who asked about the recipe is to put a large can of chicken broth fat free and a large can of beef broth fat free. If you can't find a large can of beef broth just use two. I didn't add any water, just use enough broth. I just broils the veggies in water prior to adding it to the soup. It worked out great and the curry power gave it the kick it needed. Other than that I lost 7 lbs by the 3rd day and I can't wait to see what it says on the last day. The only thing with this diet is that I don't know what to eat after this week is over! I have another 15 or so lbs to lose so wish me luck.

posted Dec 8th, 2008 12:26 am


Jennifer

Well I am on day 4 and this really has been a good challenge. I am hoping that this will help shape my eating habits and achieve my idea body weight. Today was kind of tough and I have been experiencing headaches instead of feeling energized but I am not going to give up. Good luck to all of you:) I really feel this diet is actually not bad for you but gives you a different outlook on food choices.

posted Dec 7th, 2008 7:30 pm


ALICE

WELL I MADE THE SOUP TO START THE DIET TOMORROW AND I TASTED IT DOESNT TASTE THAT BAD NAH IT DONT TASTE BAD AT ALL JUST NOT SURE HOW IT WILL TAAST AFTER I EAT IT FOR 7 DAYS HAHHA WELL WISH ME LUCK THAT I LOSE WEIGHT HOPE IM NOT DOING THIS FOR NOTHING THAT WOULD BE DESPRESSING

posted Dec 7th, 2008 7:14 pm


Yana K.

Today is day 6 and I am feeling great! I have a lot of energy, and I do not feel hungry... Today I ate the remainder of the soup. Unfortunately there is no more left... However, i am still planning on going through with Day 7 everything but soup. In addition to the remainder of the soup I ate broccoli.... three little heads. And drinking lots of water. Tonight, when i get home from library, I will have one green squash (the one that looks like cucumber) and the last tomato. Can't wait to weigh myself! :)

posted Dec 6th, 2008 8:59 pm


Ashley

I really like the idea of this diet and it works great!



For everyone who thinks it tastes disgusting, change the beef broth (no fat) to chicken broth (no fat), I tried that and i personally feel it tastes much better and you still get great results!



Just trying to help, Good luck everyone. =)

posted Dec 6th, 2008 8:58 pm


alice

hello i am starting this diet on monday. i cant wait i need to lose about 30 plds do you think that will take about 3 weeks of this diet as im not sure you can stay on it that long. also the menu for the soup doesnt state how much water to put in it can someone let me know...

posted Dec 6th, 2008 8:24 pm


ariprincess

hello I only made it to he 6th day because I was getting sick and blacked out......so I didnt want to go any further with it.....the whole morning yesterday I was shaky and sweating........but I did lose 6 pounds and inches of my waist...my shirts fit better and so does my pants.....I feel bad for giving up.....but my body just gave up on me.....Its worth the try...

posted Dec 6th, 2008 10:58 am


Yana K.

Day 2 was not tough at all! I did NOT feel hungry although was looking foward to Day 5's meat :) I had a medium head of cauliflower (boiled and then boiled some more IN the soup while I was heating up the soup) and some soup. I DID have more energy and i was drinking lots of H2O :)



Day 3 went without hunger pangs even though I ate less. I had only two medium bowls of soup and 6 brussel sprouts (they were actually really good as long as they are not overcooked - about 5-6 mins boiling)! I further ate a whole personal size watermelon and the other half of pineapple... That's all I needed!



On Day 4 I was praising the maker of this diet for including bananas! I really needed something more satisfying in my system. I had soup in the morning... three bananas throughout the day when i was feeling hungry and mucho soup at night (because I was writing a paper for 8 straight hours, I felt starving). I did power yoga for an hour.



Today is Day 5 and I was able to have some beef! Yay, right? Not so... Because the beef that I bought was 85% fat free, there were those 15% persky percent of fat that made me feel a bit sick because I have not been eating ANYTHING fatty for a while! I added ground beef to the soup and it tasted it great, but now i wish I ate less of it... seeing fat circles on the surface of the soup made additionally sick. Tonight when I come home I will eat 3 tomatoes with peppers and salt. No exercise, just lots of mental activity.



Cannot wait to weight myself on Sunday! I miss fruits...



Good luck to all on the diet and kudos to the "losers" and those who did not lose but are trying nevertheless! Special good luck to ariprincess - weddings can put an immense pressure on you - make sure you lead a healthy lifestyle, sleep enough, eat good stuff... add nuts in your diet (not too much, see their calorie content) because nuts make your hair shiny :)

posted Dec 5th, 2008 8:08 pm



 

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