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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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serchie

day 3 today ...5 lbs gone....another pot of soup brewing on the stove .....can't wait to see if day 7 gives me 10 lbs. loss ...yepeee

posted Jan 4th, 2012 11:12 pm


amberlynevelyn

after haveing my son i did the diet (once oked by the doctor) i lost 11 pounds the first time i did it. now my son is 11 months old i have kept the 11 pounds off and im starting the diet again wanting to shed the rest of the weight (wedding for a friend in 18 days and wanna look good.) starting the diet on friday hopefully i can do what i did last time and lose the weight. the soup to me is yummy so its not a problem hardest thing is to break from the routine i normally have and not stop at starbucks or mcdonalds..but on this diet you will lose weight and save money to because you dont go out for lunch or that $5 a day coffee fix. im going for the goal of 20 pounds ( may do it for 2 weeks with a break of course) but ill keep you posted :) im a mom and have a full time job it fits very well with the my lifestyle and i cant wait to loose the weight and feel better again!!!

posted Jan 3rd, 2012 6:33 am


Rach

My mom and I tried this diet about 6 months ago and we both lost my mom lost 8 lbs and I lost 10. We are starting again this week! I love the fruits and veggies looked forward to the baked potato night yummy yummy

posted Jan 2nd, 2012 3:43 pm


Stephanie

Im 21 now and tried this diet a lot when I was 16 and had a hard time getting past day 4, but I still had success with it. I go to Disney in 20 days and NEED to lose some weight before I go!! I'm going to weigh myself tomorrow morning and track my progress over the next week without cheating. The soup ALWAYS makes it so difficult for me but last time I diced my veggies which made it easier to eat and drained the stewed tomato's which made it taste soo much better, I also added a can of beans just for some protein and a different consistency and still lost weight, but I'll see how it goes this time.

posted Dec 27th, 2011 6:18 am


Veronica

I have been looking at some of the feedback and I would like to answer some questions. Yes you need to follow the diet exactly since it is telling you what your body needs on specific days. If you buy boullion (which comes in alot of flavors) the soup will be extremely tasty. If you dont eat alot of veggies, no matter what you do you will hate it. You have a headache because your body is getting rid of the toxins. I usually get them when its the meat day. (Since i am putting the toxins back in.) It says that you will loose 10-17 lbs however I have found that everyone is different and the more obese people will loose more or people who eat a very poor diet to begin with. I am 5'3 weighed 158 and now weigh 153, however I have lost inches. This is my third time on this diet and I feel more of an appreciation for food. I also felt an abundance of energy, I felt very sluggish before starting this diet. This alone is a plus for me. I think the key to this diet to see maximum results is not cheating and excersise at least 5 out of the seven days that you are on the diet.

posted Dec 9th, 2011 10:11 pm


Kimberly

Are there any other options to the Sacred Heart Diet soup? I am on my fruits and veggie day....I must say the soup makes me sick to my stomach even just to think about it. I have had a killer headache since day one as well. I lost 2 pounds the first day but gained one the second day....why is this? I am sticking to the diet the best I can. However I found that I would rather drink my broth and eat my veggies raw ( it is easier on my tummy), is this okay? Also I am not a beef eater and was wondering if I did eat the steaks could I atleast do chicken broth instead of beef broth? I am just trying to find ways to stomach the soup lol. I am 5"4 and weigh 149 lbs. I am wanting to get to 109 lbs which is 1 lb under what my healthy weight would be. I have already lost 4 lbs just by eating clean and healthy and working out like crazy! Please if anyone knows of a way around the soup that works please help! I love veggies I just prefer them raw!

posted Nov 16th, 2011 10:38 pm


christina

I am starting the Sacred Heart diet tomorrow, but do I have t eat the soup thats listed or can I just eat different soups?

posted Nov 13th, 2011 6:38 pm


Amberrrr

So today is day three of this diet. The soup makes me want to gag. I cannot find a spice that changes the taste of it or smell.
I've only lost like 1 pound. I guess i will keep going. I have an event on Saturday and today is Wednesday. I started on Monday. Tomorrow is Banana day, which kind of excites me. But I'm doing for the meat!
I'm so tired and groggy and I feel like I'm always hungry and sick.
I started at 136 and am now around 134-135.
I want to be 130 at the most on Saturday. This is really hard. :(

posted Nov 9th, 2011 9:39 pm


Soro


Hi All, I am a 40 year old female, 5.9 with 17 pounds to lose. I am curvy and like my curves so my ideal weight is 155.

I decided to try this because I want to lose weight quick. I am a healthy eater in general but just have a few pounds to shed and thought why not try a quick solution...I find that it's getting harder to maintain my weight or to shed a few lbs...Here's my progress:

Day 1, felt great and weighed in at 172 pounds. Lots of energy and did lots of housework and did Kettleworx.

Day 2, harder ...still lots of housework and yard work. but thank God for the potato and butter. And my portopello mushrooms taste like prime steak...lol. Weight 169. I am motivated.

Day 3, only veggies and fruit...had a smoothy for breakfast and am happy that I can have bananas. Weight in the AM = 172. I have some energy but really no weight loss and I am back at square one. I hope tomorrow AM will be better. Although I am eating all the time I feel a bit depressed because I have not moved in weight but instead almost gained. I should not have waited to lose the weight. Oh well, it canā??t hurt me at this point. ...I am going to finish...Iā??ll keep you posted.

posted Nov 7th, 2011 6:31 pm


Stephanie

Today was day 5 and I have to say, it's not really doing anything for me. I lost just one lb!! That's it! All that soup for nothing really.. but i'm wondering how it works with height and weight. I am 28 yrs old, height: 5'4" and 129lbs. I would like to get back down to 120lbs. Anyone my size that had success with this?

posted Oct 29th, 2011 12:13 am


Katie

Day 3! Yesterday I ate tones of veggies, had some tea with nOthing in it, and

posted Sep 29th, 2011 9:36 am


Katie

Just started the diet yesterday and I'm already dreading having more soup! The soup tastes fine it's just ALOT of veggies! I'm going to stick with it though because I can see how it would work- I feel lighter already. Today is the veggie and soup day. Im not a huge veggie person but I can deal. I just wish I could dip them in ranch dressing!!! (which is probably why I have to do this diet to begin with! ;) )I will try to update daily! - katie

posted Sep 28th, 2011 9:25 am


Kim

I started this diet yesterday and could not wait to weigh myself. After the first day I lost 5Ibs. It is extremely hard I tried to exercise. I also had a terrible headache the first day. I stopped the diet but I will start it again on the weekend when I can stay around the house and relax and adjust to the changes. So I will start over on Saturday and maybe make minor changes so that I will not get a headache.

posted Sep 20th, 2011 8:12 pm



Jennifer Hauser

Starting day 3 and I have lost 4 pounds so far! Yea me!!!! This is difficult, I think my body is in shock. I do feel hungry at times but I will keep going. I really hope this helps curb my cravings for sweets and carbs. Considering my diet previously consisted of carbs and sweets so unhealthy I know, I am positive this will get me on track. I am a little concerned on what I will move on to after a few weeks of this. I'm thinking of a weight watchers type diet but am open to other ideas. I have to have a plan befor stopping this one. By the way the soup is good but now great.. I am trying to remain positive about eating radishes as a snack while my kids have popcorn and it just about killed me when they had icecream yesterday and I did not. Ice cream is my biggest culprit.. I am determined to conquer. Wish me luck!

posted Aug 28th, 2011 9:42 am


MysTzN

The first time I used this diet back in June I lost 10lbs! I have kept it off too. I found that if I kept with it, when the 7 days was over, I just didn't want to eat as much. I have since used it again, and now on my 3rd time, day 2. Yes, the soup gets tiring, but I use spices to give flavor. When I make the soup, I also put in a Thai spice blend. Then when I eat it, I add sriracha sauce (love the heat) and spicy brown mustard. It makes the soup much easier to eat. I also added summer squash. I'm 45, and starting weight was 189, now done to 174 and still going:) I now fit into a pair of pants that were too tight, and have to use a belt just to keep from tugging up my pants constantly. Yea me!

posted Aug 24th, 2011 4:33 pm


Harpreet

Everyone told me that this diet does not work but I still tried it for myself and the resukts were unbelivable. I lost 18 pounds, and I could basically see the pounds fall off me. The third day was the hardest for me because i was 100% drained of energy but after that it was just icing on the cake. Im 18 and 5'11 and was 153 pounds and now I am 135-136.

posted Aug 20th, 2011 1:32 pm


Denise

I am on day 2 of this diet and I have already lost 4 lbs. The soup is really good. I really like fruit and veggies and home made soup so this diet is great. I also like milk. I am 5'2" and 164 as of today... my goal weight is 140.

posted Aug 2nd, 2011 1:02 pm


Ashley97

My mom and sister have both done this diet with different outcomes. My sister lost 15 pounds, but would gag with the smell of the soup after a week. My mom lost 23 pounds the first week and 17 the second- she loved the soup. They both say the more soup- the more you lose. I'm about to try it. Not to sure about the veggies.... Anyone young that's done the diet have feed back?? I'm fourteen. Thanks!

posted Jul 28th, 2011 4:17 pm


Jenna

I started this last Saturday and this morning I was down 6lbs. I love it! I haven't followed it exactly and yesterday I didn't have any soup. I've recommended it to other friends. I'm very happy with my results!

posted Jul 21st, 2011 4:39 pm


Megan

This diet does work really fast and I lost 6 pounds in 3 days which is awesome. It was hard after that to stay motivated not to cheat. I now only do it 3 days a week because 7 was too much and I get shaky very easily if I dont eat very much. Lost 11 pounds so far!

posted Jul 19th, 2011 12:45 pm



 

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