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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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I did this 7 day diet back in late 2007 & lost 11 pounds in the 7 days.I felt awesome & am starting it again monday!It works!

posted Oct 16th, 2010 7:25 pm


I just started this diet, and this first day is extremely hard. My hope is that it'll only get easier.

posted Oct 14th, 2010 8:37 pm


what spices did you add to make the soup taste good? and some of the recipes or different which one is right?

posted Oct 13th, 2010 11:54 am



I have done this diet before and found it to be a great way to start a workout routine or get into better habits (cooking everyday, packing a lunch for work, lessen cravings for sweets or coffee) I lost 7 lbs last time, and still had enough energy to work out. I am always hungry, so this diet is the best because you always stay full. I have reccomended it to friends and family. My dad lost 15 lbs on it and was able to go on a week long hiking trip in the mountains after this success - which was his motivation.

It is only a spring board to better things though, it won't change your life afterward, and you will gain the weight back unless you make a commitment for other changes. Great start though!

posted Oct 12th, 2010 2:36 pm


Day 8 (Begining Day one again)

I Have rid myself of 5 kg's (11pounds)! I am loving it!

Mom only lost 2 but did eat all sorts of things yesterday.

I am going to make goal weight on this diet, I am very very happy!

posted Oct 11th, 2010 3:04 am



On day 6... And I have now lost 8 lbs!!!! I can see a difference in my face and the teams I haven't worn in over a year are closer to fitting to the last time I tried! I have had a few cheats ( mini mars bar ice cream 150cals.. And a few haribo tangy cherry sweeties i also had 3 vodkas and diet coke last night ) but apart from those I have been strict. going to miss out day 7 and start on day 1 again tomorrow.

Good luck to everyone doing this diet! I think it's great. :) x

posted Oct 10th, 2010 11:46 am



ok updating my results like i said... i have lost 5 pounds and just starting day 4. pretty good so far.
i found on the first 2 day i was going to the toilet A LOT! hope they keep coming off. ran out of soup so going to buy more ingredients for it :D

posted Oct 8th, 2010 2:48 am


Day 4

I have lost 3.5 KG, Mom has lost 2.5 KG

Walked for an hour this morning.

This diet.......I am loving it!

posted Oct 7th, 2010 2:12 am


Day 3

Mom and I are both 2kg lighter... and feeling great. The veg day was difficult, fruit seems to keep us fuller for longer, probably also the sugar in the fruit?

Started walking this morning.

Feeling smaller, less bloated.

Hope to loose 10kg before end November.

posted Oct 6th, 2010 6:24 am


ok so i have been reading comments from this website and other since yesterday. and today started the diet, i live in the uk so this morning looking for the lipton soup mix found to be difficult, but found a substitute.
had a fruit salad for lunch - took me 2 hours to eat cause it made me feel so full.. and was only 400g. and going home from work at 5 to some Watermelon and will start making my soup. going to add some chilli to the recipe as i know that also speeds up your metabolism, and some onions. cant wait to have the soup, i remember making it before and quite enjoyed it. will try my best to have 3 bowls tonight to make up for today. and also going to do my jillian michaels 30 day shred... tough workout.. boxersize and zumba tomorrow also.

i shall leave my progress on thursday ( day 3 ) and see how i am. hoping to lose 14lbs in a fortnight on this. i am 230 just now and want to get to 195 by xmas, and 140 by next summer. we shall see what happens.

posted Oct 5th, 2010 10:59 am


Well we started yesterday... so far so good. The soup is very tasty, had soup, apples & Papaja. I am 1kg down, Mom lost nothing but she is over 60 so it might take a bit longer. Mom had a headache last night, dont know if it is due to the detox or the menopause?

Didnt get round to any excercise.... hopefully today, even if we just go for a walk.
Had one cup of coffe each after dinner, a change from my usual 6-7 cups of coffee and 6-7 cups of tea, it also helps that it is spring so not craving warm comfort food.

Looking forward to results on Monday, feeling very positive, must say it does help to have someone else in the house dieting with you.
Feeling great

Day 2 here we come!

posted Oct 5th, 2010 2:35 am



I've just started the diet, but I can see I'm going to have far more success with it that others. I LOVE the soup, I think it tastes great! The last diet I did was the master cleanse..and although I agree it works you better have will power made of steel..the fact that I could eat nothing was extremely hard and the taste of the lemonade was terrible, nevermind drinking salt water..I had a very hard time keeping the salt water down, thats if I could even make it through the big glass of it!! This one seems like a breeze compared to that!! Im hoping I see results like I did with the master cleanse!..I really dont want to have to resort back to that!!

posted Oct 4th, 2010 6:01 pm


I've been on the diet for 3 days now and have not lost any weight, very disappointed. I'm wondering if Im eating too much soup?? I'm always hungry and I find that by day 2, I have to add more veg to the soup coz it's almost gone??? Does anyone know eating too much soup hinders weight loss? Finding difficulty with the soup, anybody has variations of the soup?

posted Oct 4th, 2010 3:48 pm


My Mom and I are both starting this diet today. Our aim is to loose 10KG's each. Made the soup last night and had some for breakfast this moring, will be having soup, papaja and apples today. I will and excercise program today, 30 - 45min cardio at least 3 times a week. So... here we go!

posted Oct 4th, 2010 2:30 am



I lost 12 pounds, but it took 4 weeks to do that, not 1 week! Eating nothing but whole, fresh foods, I lost my sugar cravings! Day 1 is unlimited fresh fruit or frozen unsweetened berries, but no banana's. Day 2 is unlimited veggies (and I used a huge variety for roasting and for eating raw, like butternut squash, and eggplant, and zucchini, and mushrooms, and onions, and fennel, etc...), but no beans or corn, and only 1 baked potatoe, Day 3 is unlimited fruits and veggies, Day 4 is 3-6 banana's and only 2 glasses of skim milk, (I thought that day I would be hungry, but I wasn't at all!), Day 5 is 6-8 fresh ripe tomatoes plus unlimited lean protein (for that I chose egg whites, fish, poultry only, and had beef only once during one of my weeks, and it was broiled, of course, but a George Forman lean grill would be fine, too), and Day 6 is the same, except no tomatoes, and Day 7 is brown rice and veggies --- I chose to use quinoa instead, as it's a complete protein and brown rice is not... And of course, the unlimited soup the entire time, too, plus plenty of water... I occasionally had earl gray tea, too... There are 2 recipes for this soup, and I chose the fresh version -- nothing canned, no sodium! I used the one with 1 lb of frozen green beans, a half pound of fresh baby carrots, an entire bunch (10 stalks) of chopped fresh celery, 1 chopped fresh bell pepper, 1 chopped sweet onion, a half pound of fresh mushrooms, quartered, and even though it called for 4 potatoes, I found that using just 2 was more than enough! Those were cut into chunks of course... And it called for 1 or 2 18 oz cans of Campbell's Healthy Request Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup to be added to the veggies and water... I also used fresh cracked black pepper to the veggies and cooked those in layers, adding more veggies and water along the way, before adding the soup. I later stopped using the Campbell's Healthy Request Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup, and just substituted that with low sodium chicken broth added to the water and veggies, and added a quarter pound of cooked, chopped boneless, skinless fresh chicken breast tenders... I am a bread freak and a cake lover, too, so I was SHOCKED that I had no cravings for either! And am ever so grateful about that. I have taken a week off since then, but plan to continue soon! From 9/2-9/30, I lost 12 pounds... I don't know what anyone is doing to lose 12 pounds in 1 week, but seeing as how I didn't add exercise, and I am over 50, maybe that's part of the problem... I look forward to losing another 12 pounds in October, and so on and so on, until I have lost 72 pounds total! As I go along, I am sure that I will have more energy to move my body more, and so I will add exercise into this Sacred Heart Diet! Whole, clean, nutritious, low sodium, nourishing foods -- it kills cravings and helps to eat healthy!

posted Oct 3rd, 2010 4:23 am


A friend at work shared this soup recipe with my husband, who had asked for it, after he smelled it cooking in the microwave at lunchtime. He said everyone was inquiring what the wonderful smell wafting through the building was. My husband was not necessarily looking to lose weight, but mainly just wanting to eat healthier. Since he is no longer eating processed lunch meat sandwiches and has been eating this soup, along with fresh salads, he is no longer having a problem with bad heartburn or acid reflux! He plans on continuing to eat this soup for his health. My mother-in-law has been strictly following the diet and has now lost 10lbs, in one week! I am also considering giving it a try as well. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced positive results beyond just the weight loss??

posted Sep 28th, 2010 8:43 pm



I really liked this diet and lost weight. I had problems with the fact that I had extreme headache withdrawing from caffine. I was drinking a lot of pop before I started. I didn't suffer from any cravings and felt better than I had in a long time. I did the diet for 6 straight weeks

posted Sep 25th, 2010 1:11 am



I am on day #4 (bananas and milk) and I am really psyched about how I feel.

I weighed 204 on day #1, yesterday I weighed 200, and this morning when I weighed I was 197. My kids were laughing at me because I was doing the "happy dance", as it has been a long time since I've been under 200 pounds. The soup is so good that my 17-year-old daughter actually eats it. I have been 100% strict with this plan and now I know that I can say no to those "bad" foods. This will be a regular staple in my house from now on.

posted Sep 21st, 2010 3:42 pm

serious will power


I am on the 7th day today and I have lost 16 lbs. You can not imagine how hard it was for me to stay on this diet becasue I have always been huge meat eater. I justrecently lost 40 lbs and needed to jump start my diet again. I have alway eaten the low carb way but this way of eating will stick with me, I am not considering this a diet but a change in the what I want to eat. I do crave things but I do not give in. I am really amazed at how this has worked for me!! I reccomend this way of eating to anyone who needs to lose weight..just try it, if you cheat while trying it just keep going do not give up and you will see yourself slimming down!! I will not go back to the low carb way of eating thanks to the SOUP!!!!!

posted Sep 17th, 2010 4:31 pm



If you're over 50 or people with slow metabs....don't expect more than about 4 lbs of weight loss (not the 10-17 lbs)

posted Sep 17th, 2010 11:55 am


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