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Should I do a "Cleanse" - Sacred Heart Diet...

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I feel like I have been completly off track diet wise lately and I'm thinking about doing the sacred heart diet for a week to get me back on track... What do you all think? anyone wanna do it with me. It goes as follows...

Sacred Heart Medical Diet This 7-day eating plan can be used as often as you like. If correctly followed, it will clean out your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well-being. After only 7 days of this process, you will begin to feel lighter by at least 10 pounds and possibly 17 pounds, and experience an abundance of energy. SOUP:

  • 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, if desired, or bouillon, hot or Worcestershire sauce. Cut veggies in small to medium pieces. Cover with water. Boil fast for 10 minutes. Reduce to simmer and continue to cook until veggies are tender. This soup can be eaten anytime you are hungry during the week. Eat as much as you want, whenever you want. This soup will not add calories. The more you eat, the more you will lose. You may want to fill a thermos in the morning if you will be away during the day. DRINKS:
  • Unsweetened juices
  • Tea (also herbal)
  • Coffee
  • Cranberry juice
  • Skim milk
  • Water, water, water
DAY ONE Any fruit (except bananas). Cantaloupes and watermelon are lower in calories than most other fruits. Eat only soup and fruit today. DAY TWO All vegetables. Eat until you are stuffed with fresh raw, cooked or canned veggies. Try to eat green leafy veggies and stay away from dry beans, peas or corn. Eat veggies along with the soup. At dinnertime tonight reward yourself with a big baked potato and butter. Don't eat any fruits through today. DAY THREE Eat all the soup, fruit and veggies you want. Do not have a baked potato. If you have eaten as above for three days and not cheated, you should find that you have lost 5-7 pounds. DAY FOUR Bananas and skim milk: Eat at least 3 bananas and drink as much milk as you can today, along with the soup. Bananas are high in calories and carbohydrates, as is the milk but on this particular day, your body will need the potassium and carbs. Proteins and calcium to lessen the cravings for sweets. DAY FIVE Beef and tomatoes: you may have 10 to 20 ounces of beef and a can of tomatoes, or as many as 6 tomatoes on this day. Eat the soup at least once today. DAY SIX Beef and veggies, eat to your heart's content of the beef and veggies today. You can even have 2-3 steaks if you like with green leafy veggies but no baked potato. Be sure to eat the soup at least once today. DAY SEVEN Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juice and veggies, again, be sure to stuff yourself and eat the soup. You can add cooked veggies to your rice if you wish. By the end of the 7th day, if you have not cheated on this diet, you should have lost 10 to 17 pounds. If you have lost more than 17 pounds, stay off the diet for two days before resuming the diet again. This diet is fast. The secret lies within the principle that you will burn more calories than you take in. It will flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well-being. This diet does not lend itself to drinking any alcoholic beverages at any time. Because of the fat build-up in your system. Go off the diet at least 14 hours before any intake of alcohol. Due to the variety of digestive systems in individuals, this diet will affect everyone differently. After day three, you will have more energy than when you began, if you do not cheat. After being on the diet for several days, you will find that your bowel movements have changed. Eat a cup of bran or fiber. Although you can have black coffee with this diet, you may find that you don't need caffeine after the third day. The basic fat burning soup can be eaten anytime you feel hungry during the seven days. Eat as much as you wish. Remember the more you eat, the more you will lose. You can eat broiled, boiled or baked chicken instead of the beef. Absolutely no skin on the chicken. If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef on only one of the beef days. You need the high protein in the beef for the other days. Continue on the diet as long as you wish and feel the difference both mentally and physically. DO NOT - DO NOT No bread, alcohol, carbonated drinks (including diet drinks). Remember, absolutely no fried foods. DO - DO - DO - DO Drink plenty - at least 6 to 8 glasses - of water a day, as well as any combination of the following beverages: black coffee, unsweetened fruit drinks, cranberry juice and skim milk. This diet comes from the Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital that is used for overweight heart patients in order to lose weight rapidly, usually prior to surgery.  
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I am considering trying this I think. I will have to start Monday cuz I have a Birthday Party this weekend, but it doesnt seem impossible to do and if it works then yay! Anyone else ever tried this?  I wonder if when you go off if all the weight you lost comes back in like 2 secs? hmmm...
In my opinion this is a diet that should be avoided.  Anything in which you lose 10-17 pounds in 7 days is not good for you.  This diet is meant for heart patients that are at risk anyway and not the general healthy person.

The likelyhood of keeping the weight off is significant too as you can't stay on this kind of eating all the time.  What happens when you start to incorporate regular foods?
do you actually look at that like it's something you can sustain?  do you think you'll enjoy such a restricted diet?

this is a fad diet.. you lose water weight, and gain it all back once you eat like a normal person does.....
I have done it three times before and I'm doing it more as a cleanse... I just dont know if i want to do it, I have lost like 10 lbs each time i did it and kept like 2 off :)
well I was thinking of doing it for a week and thats it but if someone has done this before and only kept off 2 out of ten pounds then it isnt worth it to me. I guess I will just keep truckin the way I have been!
Smart girl!
My husband did it for 2 weeks and then went off.  He lost 12  to 18 pounds.  It gave him the jump start he needed and he discovered he really likes veggie soup.  He is now at a point where he is able to control his CARB urges, except for some beer :) on the weekend and he has maintained and is still losing a few pounds a week.  He is an avid weight lifter too.  He started this because he is in the military and needed to lose weight to pass his physical requirements.  I think it was the best thing he could have done.  It is healthy, no fat, low cals, comforting, and healthy!
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I've lost 80 lbs and kept it off by going on this diet once every 4 to 6 weeks or so, and then eating normally with no bad habits and junk food. I don't binge or make excuses for eating garbage foods then try to blame the shortcomings of this diet or 'its only water loss'. Like hell it is. It couldn't possibly be all water loss if 20 women working at Aetna US Healthcare claims lost an average of 60 lbs. over the 15 months that they used this diet. I have far too much muscle mass for me to be losing 'water'. Do people STILL say that????


You might be interested in my post to a question on this topic titled, “Is the Sacred Heart Hospital diet good to do?”


The Sacred Heart diet is bogus.  It's changed names several times over the years and is just a fad.

The American Heart Association does not endorse it:

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml? identifier=3022109

Sacred Heart Medical Center says it did not come from them:


It's a crash diet that will most likely not lead to permanent weight loss.


I'm a little surprised that you mention in your answer that the diet is used for a legitimate purpose.  I wasn't able to find a single reliable source that recommended this diet.

While this may not be a long-term solution to permanent weight loss, I don't see any unhealthy foods listed in the "rules" of this diet.  Many Americans eat sugar, processed junk carbs, and trans-fats daily, and this "diet" would be an improvement for most and could reset their taste buds to prefer real food.

Well, if you want to do the diet, I'm not going to say that it is just the worst thing that you could do. I have tried it a total of 3 times, and each time I tried it, I lost between 13-17 lbs. The one thing that I will say is that the diet states that you will feel more energy around the third day than when you started, and this is just not true. I felt like I was going to pass out and my heart kept skipping a beat. Honestly, the diet does bring off the weight, if you can just make it through it. One key factor is not to overeat after the diet or else the weight will come back....

the sacred heart diet is TERRIBLE!

A coworker and I tried to do it together (she'd done it once before) and by the third day I never wanted to see a carrott again. Basically you lose all of your water weight and when the time is up you gain it back just as fast. It was so bad for us to have no meat for three days that we both had to stop and go get some protein because we were having headaches and dizzy spells.





Also - it is not a legit diet for heart patients, there's not one single site I researched after I stopped that could confirm that it even came from a hospital.



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