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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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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



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



Hey finished the diet yesterday
and may I say I have lost 13pounds!
I am amazed at how much I lost
I'm going on a normal but still healthy diet for a couple of weeks then I think I'm going to do this again as I still have 19lbs I want to lose.

I would recommend this diet to everyone!

I thought it was so easy!
but saying that I love fruit and veg and I was veggy for 7 years so that prob helps

good luck to everyone else hope you get the success I got!
love & Light

posted Jan 27th, 2009 3:56 am


This diet really does change your eating habits. Today is day 1 of my 3rd round( I have lost 20 lbs so far). Yesterday was my brown rice day and I decided I would have what I wanted for dinner and I would start fresh this morning. I didn't want junk food. I ended up eating a salad with grilled chicken. I did have dressing and cheese on it though.

posted Jan 26th, 2009 5:22 pm



Day 5 now
so far I have lost 9lbs
which is from..
1.5inches from waist
1 inch off each thigh
1 inch off my hips
1 inch from my butt
& 1 from my bust

I feel amazing and cannot wait for my steak later *drools*

will deffo do this diet every 2-3 months to keep on top of things, then it will be more of a lifestyle then a diet.

Can't wait to see what my weight is come day 8! ... I'm totally carrying on with being healthy after this because i feel so much better, if i do have the occasion chocolate or takaway or soemthing i will just make sure i will work off any excess cals I eat :]

posted Jan 24th, 2009 9:52 am


day 3.. i feel very good.. the potato last night was all i needed.. today i was 171 pounds.. so i'm 5 pounds lighter.. =D i have lots of fruit and vegetables (and lots and lots of soup).. i can't wait for day 8.. i don't think i'm going to loose 10 - 17 pounds but every little pound counts.. =p yesterday a was at supermarket and i was just checking healthy food.. like i seriously want to buy low cal, low sodium, fat free stuff.. my body doesn't wanna go back to the old eating habits.. lol.. thank God i love soup, fruits and vegetables because my husband is dieting with me and he is having a hard time..

posted Jan 23rd, 2009 4:49 pm


Hello day four now :]
everything is great too
i needed to make more soup last night so added some herbs to boost the flavour
and now it is like a new soup hehe
I have been feeling a little dizzy at times but I've also
lost 6 pounds so far
so yay for me
I'm looking forward to the beef tomorrow
I miss meat!
so after today only 3 days left

will update again soon.
love & Light
x x x x

posted Jan 23rd, 2009 8:21 am


ok, day 2.. i didn't know what to do for breakfast so i just had soup and juice.. so far so good.. i can't wait for the baked potato.. =) oh and i'm 3 ponds lighter..

posted Jan 22nd, 2009 3:37 pm


Well, i'm just starting today, the soup is really good.. but i think i made too hot.. lol.. i put a bunch of vegetables and used fat free low sodium sawanson broth (chicken and beef ).. i'm 176 pounds and trying to drop 40 pounds.. wish me luck!!

posted Jan 21st, 2009 3:25 pm


Hi just a quick question
can you eat too much soup for the diet to work?

As My last post said I'm a night time eater
and i have only had fruit and soup
but i have had like half the pan of soup1
and when i say pan i mean a massive pan!

The soup is just so nice!
will this cause me to not lose as much weight? I know it says the ore the better but surely there is a limit?

posted Jan 20th, 2009 4:35 pm



Starting weight 172lbs with a BMI 23 (Ithink) I am over 6ft in height though so this is a normal weight for someone of my height but i want to get rid of my wobble bits hehe.

Day 1 of the diet and I have to say I'm enjoying it!

the soup is delicious however as it is quite chunky it is hard to get out of my fermoss (sp) at work so i might try liquidifying tomorrows portion.

I am a fruit bat so today has gone well
I don't feel hungry (so far)
and surprisingly i don't feel tired seeing as i have cut out coffee!

I'm a bit worried about later on tonight though because I'm a night time eater
but I promise Mysekf I'm going to stay strong.

Wish me luck!

will post again to keep everyone updated :]

ciao for now x

posted Jan 20th, 2009 7:47 am



So I pureed the soup and it is so much better. I am actually craving it during the day instead of dreading it. And the best new is that I have lost 10 lbs so far. This is my fourth day and I am really not hungry. I hope the next time I do the diet it works half as well.

posted Jan 15th, 2009 2:44 pm


Today is my second day and if it weren't for the baked potato tonight I don't think I could do it. And this morning I woke up and was 3.5 lbs lighter so that is keeping me motivated. I am already sick of the soup. I like drinking the broth so I think I am going to puree the soup and just gulp it down. I have a horrible headache. I am sure it is from lack of caffiene. I desperately want a diet dr. pepper. Has anyone kept drinking diet soda during the diet and it still worked?

posted Jan 13th, 2009 2:48 pm



This is a starvation diet. You'll lose weight but gain it all back and it isn't good for your body.

posted Jan 13th, 2009 11:49 am


Its Monday and my 2nd day on the diet!!... So far so good!!..Soup and veggies today and a baked potato for dinner!..I bought salad to mix in with my veggies and i was wondering if we could have any dressing?..oh and can we have avacados?

posted Jan 12th, 2009 12:15 pm



I started this yesterday. So far, so good. I have low blodd sugar issues and usually dieting is horrendous - even one day - but I am pleasantly surprised at how good I feel. I am substituting the soup with Campbells Select Harvest Garden Veg ... I read somewhere that it would work the same .... does anyone know if that is true? I have already lost a little over a pound in one day. Peeing a LOT which must be a good thing ... ?

posted Jan 12th, 2009 11:16 am



Well here i am!..I just made to soup today and plan to start this diet tomorrow!! wish me luck and if theres anything i need to know feel free to send me a message:)
good luck to us all!!

posted Jan 10th, 2009 8:22 pm


Lost 17 lbs in two weeks. After three days; slept like a baby. No toxins! Good healthy food.

posted Jan 9th, 2009 11:36 pm



It's a fast way to lose weight....first hand experience. I lost about 10 lbs...felt better...and was conscience after wards.

During the last few days I was going nuts because I was lacking my normal intake (bread, pastas, alcohol, etc.). I know for some it may be impossible to survive a 7 day strict diet. I figured as long as I do it once a month, this won't seem so much like a diet, but a life style change.

posted Jan 7th, 2009 7:36 pm



I am starting the sacred diet today and the soup is so good to me and I don't even like onions and green peppers. I think if I don't loose any pounds I will be happy still because this will help me get back on track to eating healthy again. I don't see why I would loose any weight though because when I just started drinking more water and eating everything low fat or no fat I lost weight. I was at 218 and got down to 178 and then I gained back up to 191 and so I would like to loose about 40 pounds and I will be so happy.

PS. Let me just say I have only eaten one bowl of the soup for breakfast and I already have been to the bathroom twice. So you def. need to be expecting to do alot of that.

posted Jan 7th, 2009 12:27 pm


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