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I want opinons of Sacred Heart Diet, ONLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRIED IT!!!

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I'm on my second day would love opinions this is what i found on the web

How to lose 10-17lbs Reporter tries Sacred Heart Diet #87

by Donna1978


Like millions of others, I am trying to lose weight. Many claim I am not overweight, but I know my body. I recently went from a size 10 to a size 12. Whether people think I need to lose weight or not, this jump in size means I've gained weight.

My weight has fluctuated for years. In college I gained some weight: I went from a size 8 to a 14. (I was on the anti-diet: pizza and beer.) Then over time I went down to a 10 and maintained that for years. Over one summer, I did my own version of the Atkin's diet and lost 20 pounds, going back to a size 8. I felt hot for once! As mentioned before, I am now at a 12 and not happy with my figure.

I've got some flab here and there and also have a problem fitting into jeans-due to my womanly hips and thighs. I've faced the reality that I can no longer do the junior department. After doing an article on diet trends, I realized that diet pills and fad diets are not the way to go. Healthy eating and getting some exercise is-burning more calories that you take in is key. (See my related article on the BodyBugg.)

My fiancé and I have made some changes to what we eat and have not gained any weight, however, I wanted to get down to an ideal weight and maintain it. So, I asked my doctor if he recommended a diet. He left the exam room and returned with a copy of the Sacred Heart Diet.

In this two-part series, I will show readers how I prepared for the diet and then share my diet results in a second article.

Diet Overview

The Sacred Heart Diet, according to a diet website, was created by doctors at the hospital as a quick diet (just seven days) to help heart patients lose a significant amount of weight prior to surgery.

In addition to losing weight, those on the Sacred Heart Diet report having more energy, no craving for sweets and just feeling better. The diet also removes impurities from the body.

Those on Sacred Heart Diet can lose from ten to 17 pounds in one week by eating a special fat-burning soup every day, and then following a plan of what can accompany the diet each day. The recipe will be shown at the end of this article, but the soup contains stewed tomatoes, green beans, celery, green peppers, green onions, carrots, chicken broth, soup mix and seasonings.

Over the seven days, in addition to as much soup as you want, there is a different diet for each day:
Day One- Soup and fruit. (no bananas)
Day Two- Soup and vegetables (no dry beans, peas or corn), and then a baked potato with butter at dinnertime
Day Three- Soup, fruit and veggies (no potato!) By today, up to seven pounds could be shed!
Day Four- Bananas (at least three) and skim milk- on this day, the body will need calcium and potassium.
Day Five- Soup, 10-20 ounces of beef and tomatoes (one can or six fresh)
Day Six- Soup and as much beef and veggies you want
Day Seven- Soup, brown rice, veggies, unsweetened fruit juice

Approved drinks- water, black coffee, tea, cranberry juice or unsweetened fruit juice. It is very important not to have alcohol or carbonated beverages- even diet.


I brought my printout of the diet with me to the grocery store. We bought all the necessary ingredients for the soup, as well our accompaniments: two cantaloupes, some grapes, some plums, baby carrots, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, a big cucumber and snap peas. We also bought a few bottles of cranberry-grape juice and a large bottle of unsweetened apple juice.

As my fiancé and I were preparing the soup, I made the comment that, "Geez, no wonder you lose so much weight on the diet! I'm burning a zillion calories getting it ready!" We had to peel two bags of carrots and chop up a ton of veggies. As I put everything in the pots (I do not have a stew pot, so I used two large pots) I couldn't help but think of how healthy it looked.

I am not a fan of celery, but this soup has a whole bunch. I then recalled reading once that takes more calories to burn than to eat. I looked it up online and according to the Urban Legends Reference Pages, it sure is true. Celery is a negative-calorie food. The site says that an eight-inch stalk of celery takes six calories to eat and six to burn. But yet, it can still fill you up, which makes it great to eat to fight cravings. Realizing this leads me to see how this soup diet can really work.

We also chopped the fruit and veggies that we'd be eating throughout the week. I decided to use the large Ziploc bags I had and made bags for each of us for the week. This way, we could take our fruits and veggies with us to work.

Aside from being tedious in chopping and slicing, the soup was easy to make.


The pot has been simmering for about a half hour. Gosh, carrots take a while to get soft. The broth was fine-I had already added a ton of salt and pepper to my liking. The vegetables were all tender. The soups tasted okay-I admit it will take a while to get used to. But, with eating fruit and veggies on the side, I am sure I can manage.

Will it Work?

Check out my related article as of March 4, 2007 to see my results. As I am on the diet, I will keep a diary of my progress.



2 cans of stewed tomatoes
3 large green onions (I just bought a bag)
1 large can of chicken broth (or beef broth)
1 package of fat-free soup mix (I used Lipton Onion Mushroom)
1 bunch celery
2 can green beans
2-3 green bell peppers
2 lbs. carrots

(Optional additions: fresh mushrooms, zucchini, squash, yellow onions, chopped garlic, chili flakes or cabbage.)


Chop veggies into small pieces and place in pot
Add water to cover
Season with salt, pepper as desired
Add canned veggies
Bring to rapid boil
Reduce heat and simmer until veggies are tender

Day Seven of the Sacred Heart Weight Loss Plan:
I made it! Today is a light day. Soup, brown rice and veggies. I started off with soup for breakfast. For lunch, we had rice and soup and the same for dinner. I drank apple juice all day.

So, there is good news and bad news. The diet did not live up to the 10-17 pounds it promised. However, I did lose some weight so I am not complaining. My weight seemed to fluctuate each day. I knew that would drive me crazy and that's why I hate having a scale.

MY LOSS? (Drumroll, please!)
Eight pounds. Not bad. My pants feel a little looser and that is really what I wanted. The key here is keeping that off.

--Increased energy- By day three my energy level went up and I felt more mentally aware.
--Will power- most importantly, I learned that I can go a week without fast-food or without visiting the vending machine at work.
--Cravings- I didn't have those salt and sugar cravings
--More H20- I kept up with drinking 6-8 glasses of water on the days I was at work. At home, I didn't drink as much water. But, at work I felt great!
--More veggies and fruit- in my normal diet I don't have a lot of fresh veggies and fruit

--On days that I did not bring enough fruit or veggies snacks, or forgot my lunch soup at home, I was starving. On the diet, you can have as much said food as you want, but only if you remember to bring it!
--The soup is good, but by Sunday, I was thankful to have something else!

I would recommend this diet to someone as an eating plan before starting to eat better, not as a quick diet. I think that doing this for one week- without cheating- taught me a lot about my own will-power (that I do have it) and how much better I can feel by eating better and having more water, which of course the soup helped with. I plan to make this soup every few weeks and do a slimmed down version of the eating plan. As I mentioned, this is something good to do to clean out the system, lose some initial pounds and get the body ready for a healthier lifestyle.

Because I did not cheat, not once, I was disappointed at first that I did not lose 17 pounds. (I only exercised two of the seven days, which could say something, too.)

But you know what? I can live with losing eight because I gained a lot more.

Edited Oct 15 2009 10:24 by coach_k
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i did this and it made me so sick. i know it sounds like an awesome idea but its not at all.. I also have not ate a carrot sense that diet they totally gross me out.

Also, after reading about The Sacred Heart Diet it sounds like a starvation diet (meaning that you are not taking in enough calories).

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  • for starters  I really just wanted to know opinions of people who tried it. second it sayS eat all you want I am consuming 1600 cal a day.






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    Ive tried it... I lost 9 pounds, and once it was over for me, it all came tumbling back!!!!  I have to say I too cant stand the site of a carrot anymore!!

    Original Post by jessicaamy7:

    for starters  I really just wanted to know opinions of people who tried it. second it sayS eat all you want I am consuming 1600 cal a day.





     Jessica ~ There are a lot of people who have tried the Sacred Heart Diet and not consumed an appropriate amount of calories.   I just reread your post and I did not see where you stated that you were going to be consuming 1600 calories a day. 

    If you will still continue to consume your normal calories, why not just eat a healthy balanced diet as normal and get the same results but more of a variety?

    Also please note that losing 10-17lbs in one week is not healthy and promoting to do so is against posting guidelines.

    Please take a moment to read the posting guidelines which is located at the bottom of each page when responding to a post as well as the About.com User Agreement

    Feel free to PM me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.


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    I think I did this when I was in highschool one time. I don't think I made it past day 3.  I remember feeling physically good from eating more vegetables than usual (I usually ate crap all day), but I certainly didn't lose any permanent weight.

    There is NO medical basis for this diet, NO health indication, and the "magic combinations" of foods serve only to restrict calorie intake through lack of variety. If a person loses weight on this crazy fad diet, they will simply gain it back when they are done. NO cardiologist or hospital would, could, or did develop or promote this diet.

    This chain-letter-type diet has been circulating for decades now, with certain variants - like the cabbage soup diet.

    The basics: eating more fruits and vegetables is a positive step towards a healthy lifestyle, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with vegetable soup (this kind or any other kind). Cutting back on junk food and sugar is good for you, too. Both of these steps are positive and will lead to greater energy and better health. So if you want to add this soup to a balanced and healthy diet, go for it. Just don't follow the "on day X ONLY eat Y". The problem with this eating plan is its unsustainability, lack of variety, and potential for leading to unhealthily low intakes (through excessive restrictions of types of food). And some of its restrictions on diet soft drinks simply make no sense from a weight loss or a health perspective. This diet is not nutritionally balanced for the long haul, although it is unlikely to do any actual damage if followed for only the recommended week. It will just lead to a rapid water loss, then a regain, which will make you feel bad.

    When it comes to fat loss: a calorie is a calorie, people. Weight loss (as opposed to fat loss) includes temporary water weight, and can be influenced by foods that are diuretics - but this is by definition a temporary loss that has nothing to do with body fat.

    If you want to eat better, then eat more fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy or soy equivalents, and minimize junk food and refined sugar. It's not rocket science.
    Here's some better links about it:

    What Sacred Heart Hospital has to say about it

    Another explanation by a dietary information site

    (Both of these were referenced in the excellent thread links in post #1)

    I did this diet 2 summers ago. Lost about 6 pounds in 2 weeks and after 10 days or so, put it all back (and a little more). Plus, that day when you eat bananas and milk grossed me out! If you want to lose weight fast and for good, I would go to the gym and cut all sweets, just my opinion but see it for yourself... the only thing I'm saying is that 7 days do feel longer than usual on a diet like that! Good luck on your weight loss!

    By the way, the whole story about patients taking it before heart surgery is all BS!

    I tried it years ago (it's been around a LONG time.)  I did lose 5 pounds, but after a week I was so sick of that soup the very sight and smell of it would make me gag.  I went back to a 1500 calorie diet, which I normally would lose on, and gained back the entire 5 pounds plus 3 more, in 2 weeks. 

    It's bogus, doesn't work and is sickening after a while.  This is the kind of diet that caused me to get so fat in my later years.  When I was young, if I gained 5 pounds, I'd diet it off in a month and it would stay off too.  But as I got older, it got harder and I turned to fad diets.  All of them worked at first, then I'd gain it all back plus more. 

    I'm glad trustwoman posted those links, because if she hadn't I would have.  This is a fraudulent, hoax, fad diet made up by some lying crackpot a long time ago.  The very fact that it's falsely attributed to established and respected medical institutions is enough to put most of us off. 

    Thank you, but I'll stick to my calorie counting and sensible, balanced eating habits, for life.

    edited to add - that soup is so high in sodium it's a heart attack waiting to happen.  My cardiologist has fits if anyone even mentions this diet.

    This was the first diet I ever went on.. I tried it with my mom about 5 years ago.  We did it for a month and I lost 20 pounds and my mom somewhere around 15.  Afterwards, we went on a cruise, so of course we gained some back :)  I didn't gain all of it back, but 12 pounds of it since I was eating unhealthy foods 24/7.  I used it a few times after that, but never long term.  It's good if you have an event coming up in a week or two and want to lose a few pounds before, but its very strict and limiting to what you can eat.  I think its better as a kickstart to a diet... you lose weight the first week and eat very strictly, so then when you switch to a low-calorie diet afterwards, it doesn't seem like much of a diet at all.  Just my opinion :)

    I tried this diet years ago before I knew very much about nutrition.

    I barely made it to the end of day two before I was shaking and dizzy.  It was very similar to what I felt when I tried to do the atkins diet and was shaky and dizzy during the first two days of the induction phase.

    The deprivation you'll feel on this diet, however much you think you've conquored with willpower, will come back to bite you, hard.  You'll experience rebound eating that will likely add on more weight than you took off, as witness by the testimonials here.

    This is just not good for you.
    I must admit that I did this just before my high school reunion.  I lost nine pounds.  I looked skinner but most of it come back on right away.  It makes you terribly constipated around day three.  But then cleans out the pipes.  I was hungry until around day three but then I wasn't hungry nor did I have any cravings.

    I did eat alot with it.  It felt like I ate more on it then I usually did off it.  And everything was all natural and homemade.  Loved the fruit day and it was heaven getting the rice, potato, and meat on the days that you were allowed them.   You get very tired of the soup!

    Eating a healthy diet, and losing at a slower pace makes you feel much better and you keep it off much longer.
    it sounds dangerous trying to lose that much weight in just a week. if you actually want it to stay off, you'll need to try a more long-term approach


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


    I tried it along with a co-worker & by day three we were both so sick that we stopped. I absolutely HATE carrotts now and wouldn't care if i never ate another one. I lost about 4 pounds in those three days & it came back within two. I would rather starve then have to eat that many veggies in one day.



    i do NOT reccommend it.

    not worth the completely crappy feeling i experienced the entire time!!!

    Having done this diet a few times before, I can firmly say that it works quite well.  You get to feel full at the same time as losing weight, which most diets do not offer. 

    I do, however, reccomend a couple of modifications.  It has been stated that the soup base the diet calls for is high in sodium, which is true.  So, instead of using that, find a low-sodium vegetable broth to use.  There is no discernable difference in the taste of the soup, but it is a lot healthier.

    Also, I see no reason not to eat as many vegetables as you want any day of the day, as long as they are low in calories.  Have as many fresh, crunchy carrots, celery, cucumber, etc. as you want.  The goal is to fill yourself up on low-calories foods, so don't just limit yourself to the soup and their recommendations.  Also, eat lots of salad to your heart's content (with minimal dressing, croutons, and cheese). 

    Finally, when I make the soup, I add a lot more vegetables to the soup than they call for, of course limiting to low-calorie ones.  If you add lots of radishes, baby corn, mushrooms, water chesnuts, fresh cherry/grape tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, etc., the soup will taste a lot better (and therefore you can stand to eat it for longer) and will contain more nutrients and vitamens than the original calls for. 

    The diet is a good base to start from, as long as you tailor it to your needs and desires.  If you really hate a certain type of vegetable, don't put it in the soup.  Figure out what looks good to you to eat on a low-calorie basis and go for it.

    I did it and lost maybe 3lbs or so, but then im at a healthy BMI. Im sure if someone was very over weight and over ate, then this diet would certainly allow them to lose 10+ lbs in 2 weeks, but then a heathly diet would achieve the same thing.

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    i lost about 30 lbs or so and am still about the same weight after taking that lb off (+/- 5). if you really want to keep your weight down..obviously you need to change your diet. i mean if the way you were eating was fine..then you wouldn't need to lose weight right?

    when i lost my weight i lost about 2 - 3 lbs per week..so it took about 10 weeks for me to lose the total weight. losing weight too fast doesn't work from what i've read.

    so if u go back to your old eating habbits after the diet..obviously u'll get your weight back. you need to control what your eat and how many calories you take in during the day based on how active you are.

    this diet will help you lose weight..but to keep it off you are going to have to stop eating the way you were eating before. so it takes a bit of will power

    i think the diet does a good job of balancing what you need if you include the whole week rather than look at it day to day. in either case, it worked for me and i'm going to try it again to lose about 5 - 7 more lbs.

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