Summary of the Sacred Heart Diet
The Sacred Heart Diet is a diet that lasts for 7 days, during which time you must eat a specific combination of foods. The good thing is, you also can eat an unlimited amount of a special vegetable-based soup. The diet is supposed to be very effective, allowing you to lose between 10 and 17 pounds in 7 days.
Origin of the Sacred Heart Diet
The Sacred Heart Diet is one of those mysterious diets that have been floating around on the web and passed on from person to person for some time.
The origin of this diet was thought to be from a diet plan used to treat overweight patients at the Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital.
Home Dieting Essentials
However, many hospitals called “Sacred Heart” in the US and Canada have issued statements to the effect that this diet was not theirs and even that it was not recommended.
Having said that, the Sacred Heart Diet is very popular to this day, with over 20,000 people searching this term every month.
How to Make the Special Soup
While there are many variations to the special soup recipe, the below recipe appears to be the most widely used. Again, you can eat this soup whenever you want, as much as you like.
Special Soup Ingredients:
- 1 bunch of fresh celery
- 4 medium carrots
- 2 green peppers
- 3 green onions
- 2 cans of green beans
- 2 cans of tomatoes
- 1 package of Lipton Chicken Noodle soup mix
- 1 can of beef broth or chicken broth
Special Soup Instructions:
- Cut up the vegetables into medium pieces
- Put all the above ingredients into a large pot
- Cover with water, turn heat to medium, and bring to a boil
- Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook until all the vegetables are to your desired tenderness
- Season with salt, pepper and spices if desired
What to Eat for 7 Days During the Sacred Heart Diet
Besides the special soup, below are what you should eat on each day of the 7-day period.
|Day||What To Eat|
|Day 1||Any type of fruit except bananas. Eat as much of the special soup as you like.|
|Day 2||Any type of vegetable. Eat a baked potato with butter at dinner. Eat as much of the special soup as you like.|
|Day 3||No baked potato today. Otherwise, any type of fruit and vegetable. Eat as much of the special soup as you like.|
|Day 4||Eat as many bananas and drink as much skim milk as you like. However you must eat at least 3 bananas. Eat as much of the special soup as you like.|
|Day 5||Eat between 10 to 20 ounces of beef, and a can of tomatoes or 6 fresh tomatoes. Have the special soup at least once (and more if you like).|
|Day 6||No baked potato today. Otherwise, you can eat as much beef and vegetables as you like. And you must have the special soup at least once (and more if you like). How about having some steaks with asparagus?|
|Day 7||Eat vegetables, brown rice, unsweetened fruit juice and the special soup just until you are full. How about making your own fresh fruit juice for maximum nutrition?|
What Beverages Can You Drink While on the Sacred Heart Diet?
Don’t worry you can drink beverages other than just water during the 7 days. Below is a list of other drinks that are allowed during the diet.
- Unsweetened tea (including herbal teas)
- Unsweetened coffee
- Cranberry juice
- Water – make sure to drink plenty of water (6-8 large glasses per day)
What Foods & Drinks Are Not Allowed in the Sacred Heart Diet?
It is recommended that you do not consume any foods/drinks that are not listed above. You should try to follow the diet exactly as prescribed with no deviations. The following foods/drinks are absolutely prohibited:
- Fried foods (which has breading)
- Soda (including diet soda)
How Much Weight Can You Lose With the Sacred Heart Diet?
The number that is most commonly heard is 10-17 pounds of weight loss after 7 days. Supposedly you can lose up to 7 pounds in the first 3 days. This diet is really a crash diet, and not a diet you should continue long-term. If you have success and wish to repeat the cycle, you should wait for 1-2 weeks before beginning the diet again.
Sacred Heart Diet Concerns
Below is a list of concerns regarding the Sacred Heart Diet.
- Low calorie intake on some days, which may result in low energy & lack of concentration
- Potential lack of essential vitamins and minerals on some days
- May lead to over-consumption of sugar from fruits on some days
You probably should avoid operating heavy machinery during the diet, and it will be safer to take a multi-vitamin every day to make sure your body is getting the basic nutrition it needs.
Sacred Heart Diet Advantages
Below is a list of potential advantages of this diet.
- A good way to kick-start a diet, especially a low-carb diet
- A relatively safe way to lose weight for a special occasion
- The diet focuses on good carbs
- You may get a bit sick of the soup, but you won’t be hungry!
Can You Exercise While on the Sacred Heart Diet?
There are no specific recommendations for exercise under this diet. Given the extreme change in diet and limited calorie consumption on some days, it is recommended that you only do light exercise during the 7 days.
Sacred Heart Diet Conclusion
The Sacred Heart Diet basically prescribes that you eat a no-meat diet for 5 days, and allows you to eat beef on 2 out of the 7 days. The diet consists of lots of fruits & vegetables and prohibits unhealthy foods such as junk food, fast food and bad carbs (such as white bread and white pasta).
It is not recommended for long-term, but may work as a way to kick-start a long-term diet. If you are wishing to do a crash diet with the Sacred Heart Diet, make sure to not over-consume high-sugar fruits (which have lots of calories), such as bananas, grapes, pineapples and mangos.