The sacred heart diet was created by Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital for overweight heart patients, it has sense become a fad diet. I have personal experience with this diet, I’ve used it and lost 12 lbs in 4 days. This is not the easiest diet but it does allow you to eat certain foods as much as your little heart desires.
Lets start with the soup. This soup you can eat as much of it as you want, and you have to have at least one serving per day. it’s a negative calorie soup, for the amount of calories you get from it your body burns more to digest it. So the more you eat the more you lose.
-1 or 2 cans of stewed tomatoes
-3 or more large green onions
-1 large can of beef or chicken broth (non fat)
-1 package of lipton soup mix (alternatively you can also use your own spices but don’t go overboard)
- 1 or more bunches of celery
-2 cans green beans
-2lbs of Carrots
-2 Green Peppers.
Season with salt, pepper, parsley, Worcestershire Sauce, red pepper. Boil for about 10 minutes then reduce temperature until veggies are to a desired tenderness.
Beverages to drink
-Cranberry or Apple Juice (both unsweetened)
-Tea (no sugar or cream added)
-Black Coffee (no cream, no sugar)
-Salt and Pepper
Now on any given day you can have other stuff besides just the soup and the beverages, but you only get certain things depending on the day. Also definitely help yourself to these extra foods, they REALLY help. They helped me a lot knowing I would be able to have a treat of something besides the soup.
All Vegetables. These can be either fresh, boiled or canned veggies (no butter or ranch dress see condiments for things you can put on these). Stay away from corn, peans, or beans. As with every day of this diet eat the soup at least once. At night you get to treat yourself with a big baked potato (or baked yam-that’s what I did). No fruits for today just veggies.
Any fruit (except Bananas). Cantaloupes and Melons are lower calories and preferred.
All the soup, fruits and veggies you want. No baked potato tonight. Stay away from beans, corn, peas, bananas. At this point you should be a few pounds lighter
Bananas are on the menu and skim milk. Eat at least three bananas. Also drink lots of skim milk your body will need the nutrients. No veggies or fruit besides the bananas.
Beef and tomatoes. You can either up to 20 oz of beef and at least 3 plus tomatoes.
Beef and veggies. Again no corn, peas or beans. But feel free to have as many steaks as you want on this day. You have earned it.
Brown rice, and veggies.
This is a seven day diet. Seven Days on, Seven days off. Absolutely no bread (wheat or white or any type), and no drinks outside of what is allowed on the diet (this includes diet drinks IE diet coke). I know the carbonated beverages is going to be a problem with many people. So try this out….pickup club soda. It has zero calories and mix either tea, cranberry or apple juice into it. This will give you a carbonated bubbles and the taste of a healthier soda. Also DRINK LOTS OF WATER. This will help flush out your system. I do not recommend working out on this diet, working out will lead to hunger pains which usually end up with you cheating on the diet.
As I mentioned I lost weight on this diet. But you will gain the weight right back if you don’t develop a lifestyle change. I had to. You don’t have to Mr. or Mrs America and eat super healthy after this but by modifying your diet in simple ways you can keep the weight off. By simply having less proportion many people manage to keep off the weight (a easy trick here is to use smaller plates). Cutting out soda or making soda a treat item (and treating yourself only once or twice a week).
And lastly if you decide to try this diet. Good luck, Stick with it. Follow it to a "T."
Update: 4th July 2014
I have gotten a lot of feedback from my readers about this diet. Many have written me to tell me of their success stories in losing weight. The majority of my readers said they felt extra energy using this diet, but were glad to go back to normal food once the diet had run it's course. I'd like to thank all my readers for the positive feedback.
Angel Martin on January 25, 2016:
Did the diet for a year. One week on one week off. Lost 50 lbs. On the days i dont do the diet I do Paleo. Got my daughter on both shes down 20 lbs so far. It works if you follow to the letter. First two days are the hardest after that its a breeze. Anyone can do it if you want it bad enough. I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. Eating healthy is the way to go. You get energy back feel like a new person. Im looking to take off another 50lbs. Being healthy is my goal looking better is an added benefit. I have vertigo but i didnt let that stop me i bought a set of tracking poles which help with the instability. With God all things are possible..... .
Seth Winter (author) from Shingletown, California on November 29, 2014:
You should definitely drink water. Keep at the diet, it's tough but worth it.
kiran on November 26, 2014:
So i started dieting yesterday n i didn't lose nothing but i didn't stop this diet i weigh 120 lbs after i drank water my weight increased 2 lbs so can any1 tell me should i drink water or not??
Seth Winter (author) from Shingletown, California on May 06, 2014:
What's baloney about it? This diet doesn't have eggs...no where did I say you couldn't eat eggs and not lose weight. Just that for this diet it's better to stick to it to a "T" if your goal is weight loss, and not add extra food. The diet is based on the theory of negative calorie intake. The soup ends up giving you less calories then it takes to digest it, and all the while giving you something to eat as much of it as you want.
And people vary. I've had readers email me and discuss this diet. Some said they felt cravings or weak and some felt energetic.
james k on May 06, 2014:
Balonee! I lost in 48 lbs. In 2 months. Just one large banana 4 times a day spread out with one boiled bake potato with the skin left on. No butter. No seasoning. 3 hard boiled eggs one with the potato and banana. Drank 6 32 oz. Bottles through the day with just crushed lemons in it. One cup of black coffee. 2 complete vitamin pack per day. To make sure I am get all my vitamin range. Every other day I added one large soup bowl size of both green and purple boiled cabbage. No seasoning or butter. Plan. All this protein and fiber. Bananas have a low glysemic scale because of the fiber. Potatoes with the skin has fiber. The boiled egg added a protein balance. Cabbage great fiber. Was not starving or weak feeling. The vitamin packs gave balance to my body also. My cravings were gone. This worked for me. Everybody is different. Good luck.
Seth Winter (author) from Shingletown, California on April 27, 2014:
@ Kathy29. No, this diet is egg free. I've done this diet at least twice now. The first time I didn't workout and went on diet...lost about 20 lbs in two weeks. The second time I did it, I added a bit of meat to the soup and started working out on this diet-no recommended. I didn't have energy and felt I was causing more harm then good...and of course didn't lose as much weight as last time.
Kathy29 on April 24, 2014:
does anybody know if you are allowed to eat eggs with this diet?
Kathy29 on April 24, 2014:
does anybody know if you are allowed to eat any eggs with this diet?
Beth37 on March 27, 2013:
Yum, it looks good. I love homemade soup. I make a lot of it.