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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.

  • 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.

Common Misspellings

sacrid, saecred, hart, scared

Related Diets: Cabbage Soup Diet, Juice Diet, Maple Syrup Diet, Purple Diet

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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


Day 2, doing good, let's hope the rest of the week will be good, good luck folks..

posted Sep 14th, 2010 10:31 am


I'm on day 5...was wondering what people are doing for beef days??? Can you grill a steak? Or should I broil? Thanks for the help

posted Sep 3rd, 2010 9:57 am


hi everyone tomorrow will b my first day trying the soup deit. My goal is to lose 25lbs in 4 months i hope it goes well. right now my weigh in is 199.

posted Aug 25th, 2010 6:12 pm


well, i am on day three and i have not gotten on the scale yet to see how im doing. i may tomorrow as it will be as half way as you can get on a 7 day diet. the soup is really good, i have not gotten sick of it...i like fruit days better than veggie days for sure! my biggest concern with this is how do i know if im eating too many fruits? Day 1 i had a pear, an apple, 3 spears of pineapple and about 1/2 pint of blueberries. Day 2 im sure i did fine, but again today, i have had a TON of fruit. im looking forward to the bananas and milk tomorrow...but they say at least 3 bananas, so ill prolly have like 8 LOL...ill update!

posted Aug 11th, 2010 8:48 pm


After being unable to stay on my usual staple, Weight Watchers, I became desperate and needed a serious jumpstart to break the failure pattern. This diet is the best! I lost 12 pounds in a week and became motivated again, which I haven't been in about 8 years. I continued having the soup for lunch and a planned breakfast/snack/dinner after the week and will soon reach goal. I finally experienced the feeling "nothing tastes as good as thin feels" and am now motivated. Stay on the diet and weigh yourself every day, even if you think you messed up, I was surprised that I either still lost weight, or only gained a pound or 2 and was able to continue being motivated. I recommend this diet to everyone!

posted Aug 11th, 2010 7:25 am


Day 2: I woke up and weighed myself. Much to my delight, I was down to 159.5. That is a total of 3 pounds in one day! I couldn't believe it. Was totally excited and ready to eat my veggies and soup.

I ate one bowl of soup for breakfast, then went to eat at a buffet where I ate salad with fresh veggies (used lemon as dressing) tasted HORRIBLE. So, I decided to eat cooked veggies and ate some broccoli, green beans *yuck* and cauliflower...then I saw turnip greens...decided to try it, ate was really good considering that it had some meat in it. I think I messed up there though. For dinner, I had another bowl of soup, and went out to eat for my potato. I messed up again because the dang potato tasted so yummy that I ordered a second one...and maybe my definition of a "pat" of butter was a little off...I smothered it! ;-0 So, I was a little down that I messed up so early in the diet.

Day 3:
Woke up, and didn't really want to step on the scale. Much to my dismay I had gained a half pound back, so I was at 160 this morning. I almost cried, but decided that the tears I thought of shedding wouldn't weigh that much, so I ate a dang bowl of soup. I still like the soup. I will say this, I had to make another batch of soup today. Must not have made enough. I'm hoping that tomorrow's weigh in will be better since I've really stuck hard to the diet today. (I like the fruit days) And, I'm looking forward to my banana's and milk tomorrow. So, tata for tonight. Will update again tomorrow evening.

Hope anyone else out there who is trying this diet is doing okay on it too. Would love to see someone else post though. Feeling kind of lonely.

posted Aug 1st, 2010 12:34 am


Hi everyone, I just started the diet this morning. Have had 4 bowls of the soup, 3 glasses of cranberry juice, 4 glasses of unsweetened tea, and an entire cantelope. I'm still hungry and I haven't even made it through the first day. The soup tastes pretty salty, and I didn't add any extra salt, but other than that, it's really good. I did leave out the green beans because I really, really hate them. Anyways, I started the diet weighing in at 161.5 (and i'm 5'1") so i'm overweight...I'll be happy with any loss at all as I have been working out and haven't lost a thing. So, luck to everyone...tomorrow is my baked potato and veggie day. Wish I would have bought another cantelope. :-)
Will update again tomorrow.

posted Jul 29th, 2010 8:53 pm


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