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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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Bean

I have have just reached day 3 on this diet and lost 7lbs. Who knows if it just water weight or true fat. My boyfriend is doing the same diet and it makes it easier when someones checking up on you and cheering you on. Hope this works!

posted Mar 9th, 2011 2:39 pm


Estera

I started the diet weighting 126 , on the 6th day I weighted myslef and did not shed a single pound. I followed the recipe to a T and was disappointed. I think there is a weight limit when going on diet... still good soup and I did feel more energy. Back to ww and daily exercise.

posted Mar 6th, 2011 8:45 am



Tracy PB

OK, it is now Day #3 and I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself (whoda thunkit?).

Day #1 I ended up having 3 bowls of soup, an orange, 10 oz of cantelope chunks, an apple, one cup of decaf coffee black with 1/2 packet of splenda and about 34 oz. water.

Day #2 I had a large dish of sauteed spinach, onions, mushrooms and garlic (used a touch of Pam cooking spray in the skillet), seasoned with salt and pepper for breakfast. Not bad! Really looked forward to the baked potato at dinner time. Had about a half cucumber, and a dish of green beans with tomato recipe that my coworker brought in to work (cooked with a bit of olive oil). Then went out to an Italian restaurant with my sweetie...never gave it a thought that they wouldn't have baked potatoes on the menu...so I ordered a large sauteed mushroom salad served over a bed of greens that was delish and also had topping of gorgonzola cheese and walnuts - which I admit I ate and enjoyed! Had no soup at all this day; drank about 4 cups of decaf coffee, black with splenda today and only about 16 oz. water. Feeling like I let myself down today.

So, as I said, it is now Day #3, about 10am, and I stepped on the scale and saw that I've lost two pounds as of this morning, (even though I dreamt last night that I GAINED 8 POUNDS!), and since then I've had 10 oz of watermelon chunks AND my baked potato that I missed out on yesterday! LOL I also splurged on a dunkin donuts decaf coffee with skim milk and splenda.

(Note for females: I also started my period today, so not sure how the whole bloating thing will affect my results, either...?)

More updates to come! Staying strong and determined!

posted Mar 2nd, 2011 10:49 am


Nat

Oh yes, and forgot to mention...I lost 7lbs!

posted Feb 28th, 2011 4:01 pm


Nat

So today is my last day. I cheated just a little bit on the diet, but it was just a little bit of pasta with the meat balls. I don't think it affected me much. I don't feel much slimmer, but definitely lighter and more energetic! I am sure glad to be off of it as of tomorrow though...but I think I will stick to its guidelines as a general rule. I did not realize how much junk I eat and use in my cooking! My family too!
I would reccommend this to someone who would really like to experience the benefits of healthy eating!
It was a bit difficult exercising the first few days, but it was otherwise okay from there.
Good luck friends!

posted Feb 28th, 2011 3:53 pm



Tracy PB

Day #1 of the Sacred Heart Diet, even after a mixed bunch of reviews/articles. Eating cantelope chunks and drinking decaf coffee black with half a packet of Splenda. I can't find any confirmation anywhere as to whether or not you're allowed to use zero calorie sweeteners, so I'm taking the risk, anyway - I GOTS to have my coffee! :-)

Although it is referred to as a "fad diet" my many, I still do feel there is value to this diet, as long as it is followed by healthy eating habits. My teenage daughter and I are not very overweight, but we did used to eat much more healthy than we've been in the past 6 months or so, so we are seeing this as an opportunity to get back on track, as others have said, to sort of jump-start / revive that healthy lifestyle again!

I have gained 15 lbs. in the past 6 months, so I'm very interested to see the results for me, for this week. Will update (promise!). I do Zumba once a week, but am not a regular excerciser.

posted Feb 28th, 2011 12:36 pm



Tracy PB

Day #1 of the Sacred Heart Diet, even after a mixed bunch of reviews/articles. Eating cantelope chunks and drinking decaf coffee black with half a packet of Splenda. I can't find any confirmation anywhere as to whether or not you're allowed to use zero calorie sweeteners, so I'm taking the risk, anyway - I GOTS to have my coffee! :-)

Although it is referred to as a "fad diet" my many, I still do feel there is value to this diet, as long as it is followed by healthy eating habits. My teenage daughter and I are not very overweight, but we did used to eat much more healthy than we've been in the past 6 months or so, so we are seeing this as an opportunity to get back on track, as others have said, to sort of jump-start / revive that healthy lifestyle again!

I have gained 15 lbs. in the past 6 months, so I'm very interested to see the results for me, for this week. Will update (promise!). I do Zumba once a week, but am not a regular excerciser.

posted Feb 28th, 2011 10:25 am


amanda

I'm on day five. So far I've lost six lbs and I do feel more energetic. This is the second time I've tried.this diet and I'm seeing more results now that I've added exercise. I go through the soup way too fast though!

posted Feb 26th, 2011 11:41 am


Nat

Day 3. Weighed myself this morning and I have "lost 3 pounds" since I weighed myself 2 mornings ago. I do feel more energetic. Thus far, the diet has opened my eyes to how calorie-full and wasteful breads,chips,pastas etc are! We'll see what I weigh tomorrow..banana day!

posted Feb 24th, 2011 9:36 pm


Nat

On day 2...haven't noticed any changes at all except more energy and not really feeling lethargic as I normally do when I eat crummy foods. I am typically a healthy person, but have been indulging for the past 6 months or so and have been making a lot of poor diet choices (chips, cookies, icecream, you name it). I go to the gym for 90 minutes a day (I am Pam in the lower comment box, I used my middle name before I signed up for an account), so hopefully the combination of no junk foods and my regualr exercise will help the healthy lifestyle process along. I don't intend on going back to my old eating habits, I'm using this as a kickstart program, but I am curious to see if I will lose weight, as it says. We'll see! For all the healthy folks out there who would like a review from someone who has done it, here it will be!

posted Feb 23rd, 2011 10:08 pm


Deedra

I've been off and on on this diet and I have to say that it works, because the first week i lost 11lbs and man I felt great.

posted Feb 22nd, 2011 11:09 am


Pam

Ok, so I really like the sound of this diet BUT, I am not overweight by any means. Will I still be able to lose a good chunk of weight (5-7lbs?) on this diet? I also go to the gym every weekday for 90minutes. Please somebody answer my question!!!!

posted Feb 22nd, 2011 9:52 am


Nat

Ok, so I really like the sound of this diet BUT, I am not overweight by any means. Will I still be able to lose a good chunk of weight (5-7lbs?) on this diet? Please somebody answer my question!!!!

posted Feb 22nd, 2011 9:49 am


cheryl

i am wondering how christine is doing.... been reading the reviews and you started about the same weight i am now.... i am going to make soup right now and make up a chart of what I will eat this week based on everyones comments.

posted Feb 21st, 2011 1:04 pm


SparkleFade

This plan sounds amazing! i hope its not too good to be true. I am also 16 145 lbs and 5'5 im planning on starting the diet saturday and exercising for 30 minutes 5 out of the 7 days my goal is to lose 5 lbs per week of the diet! let you all know how it goes!

posted Feb 18th, 2011 12:13 am


Sandra

I have been on/off this diet for just over 5 weeks and have lost 23 LBS. I lost 11 lbs first week, then went off for Weeks 2, 3 , 4, I ate veggies and lean meat with soup every day. I cut out ALL flour, sugar, pasta, bread and white rice. I lost 2 1/2 lb week 2, 1 1/2 lb week 3, and 1 lb week 4. I went back on the diet and lost 6 lbs on week 5. I will continue to alternate on/off until the end of March when I go on vacation.

posted Feb 17th, 2011 6:31 pm


MissTee

Im starting on monday because i have 2 parties this weekend. I am 16, female, 5 foot 5 and i weight 145lbs. I wish to get to 130 by the end of the first week. Then i wish to reach 125, and eventually 120... but im in no rush. Will keep you guys posted! :D

posted Feb 17th, 2011 2:59 pm


kim

i have been on this diet for 3 months now and have lost 21kgs. will never eat bread again. feel great,plenty of energy.

posted Feb 12th, 2011 11:31 am


Sam

lost 2 more...13 total and on day 6......still have not exercised......im not sure how the brown rice is to help me...package says full of carbs.....

posted Feb 4th, 2011 11:14 pm


Angel

I am on day 4 and i have actually gained 4 pounds! so upsetting! i have been following it to the T and worked out @ least an hr a day of cardio. I dont get it?! should i just give up???

i dont know how these people did lose wieght- cuz I AM NOT! =-( very disappointing!

posted Feb 4th, 2011 5:39 pm



 

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