The Sacred Heart Diet is a soup based diet. The diet claims a possible weight loss of 10 – 17 pounds in the first week. Although this may be true, most of the weight loss may be water and be re-gained once the diet is stopped.
Most ‘miracle’ or fast weight loss diets are designed to make users believe there is some trick behind the rapid weight loss. If you place the suggested ingredients for the sacred heart diet into the Perfect Diet Tracker it appears to be nothing more complicated than a large reduction in calories, and an unsustainable long term diet.
Whilst rapid weight loss may be desirable, it can also cause problems with longer term weight loss. Link
In 2004, the Sacred Heart Hospital in Montreal, Canada issued a press release stating “no nutritionist at the Hospital took part in the development of this diet”. The American Heart Association have also stated this is a phoney diet.
The Diet Plan
You eat any fruit except bananas on the first day, along with the soup. Cantaloupes and watermelon are lower in calories than most other fruits.
You do not eat fruit on day 2, but instead switch to vegetables and the soup. You eat until you are full with fresh raw, cooked or canned vegetables, trying to eat green leafy vegetables and staying away from dry beans, peas or corn. At dinner time you eat a baked potato with butter.
On day 3 you again eat the soup, and all the fresh vegetables and fruit you want. You do not have a baked potato today.
On day 4 you eat bananas and skimmed milk, along with the soup. You should try to eat at least 3 bananas.
Today you can have 10-20oz of beef and a can of tomatoes, and you guessed it, more soup!
Day 6 brings more beef and vegetables. There is no limit to the amount of beef allowed, you can have 2-3 steaks if you like with green leafy vegetables, but no baked potato. Of course, you should also eat more soup.
On the last day of the diet you finish with more soup, brown rice, unsweetened fruit juice and vegetables.
During the diet the following drinks are allowed: Unsweetened juices, tea, black coffee, cranberry juice, skimmed milk, water.
Alcohol is not permitted at any time.
Sacred Heart Diet soup recipe
- 1 or 2 cans of stewed tomatoes
- 3 plus large green onions
- 1 large can of beef broth (no fat)
- 1 pkg. Lipton Soup mix (chicken noodle)
- 1 bunch of celery
- 2 cans green beans
- 2 lbs. Carrots
- 2 Green Peppers
Season with salt, pepper curry, parsley or bouillon (if desired), hot or Worcestershire sauce. Cut vegetables in small to medium pieces. Cover with water. Boil hard for 10 minutes. Reduce to simmer and continue to cook until vegetables are tender.
The soup can be eaten any time and there are no limits to the quantity you can consume. You should not continue on this diet for more than one week.