The Sacred Heart Diet Review

The Sacred Heart Diet Review

Posted on 11. Apr, 2010 by in Nutrition

A few weeks ago, one my clients brought to my attention a diet called, “The Sacred Heart Diet.” She said she was really interested in trying it out so I did some research for her to see if it’s any good. I also told her that I will do it with her to give her support if ever she decides to do it. From my research, I found that the diet consists of eating vegetable soup with fruits for 7 days and then adding protein in the form of steak towards the end of it. It claims that you can lose 10-17 lbs during your first week so it really caught my attention.

It sounds easy on paper but having gotten used to eating protein with every meal, I found it particularly difficult because I was hungry all the time. The other thing that made it more difficult for me was the fact that eating only fruits and vegetables, do not make me full. In fact, it stimulates my stomach juices even more so that I get hungry after only a few minutes of eating the soup. It was probably the hardest diet I’ve ever tried! In short, I ended up not doing the diet for the whole 7 days and gave up after the third or fourth day. I told my client that I gave up hoping that she’ll continue doing it without me which she did.

But, I don’t just shove this experience to the side and say that it was a waste of my time. I always learn a few things from any experience that I have. Some things I’ve realized before but I remembered them during this experience. Here are a few of them:

  • Diets are very personal. This means that what may not work for me, may work for you. You wouldn’t know if it will work for you unless you give it a good try.
  • I can cook the vegetable soup, which is quite delicious, during the weekend and eat it with my meals and protein throughout the week. This helps me eat more vegetables!
  • Protein really does keep me full and satisfied for a longer period of time compared to having a meal without it.
  • I need a lot of food varieties in my diet. Otherwise, my com
  • Diets are a great way to jump start your weight loss and learn new, healthy habits to incorporate into your daily life.
  • If you’re curious about the vegetable soup recipe, here it is:

    “The Sacred Heart Diet Vegetable 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

    Cooking Instructions:

    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 vegetables are tender.

    If you’d like to get more information about this diet, go to www.everydiet.org for more details. Here is another article that mentions the diet which was written by Mark Sisson over at www.marksdailyapple.com. To its credit, I actually lost 2 lbs during my first 3 days and so did my client which I think are mostly water weight. Then, my client’s husband (who was doing the diet with her) lost 8 lbs during his first 3 days.

    With enough motivation and will power, I probably would have finished the diet but, in my case, I know of better, less miserable ways to lose fat so I didn’t be unnecessarily miserable for the heck of it…lol. Have you tried this diet before or heard of somebody else’s experience with it? If so, let me know by leaving a comment or opinion below.

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    • Great post! Glad to have found you through Connie Greens 30 day blog challenge! I think you are right, any diet program is a personal choice. This one wouldn’t have worked for me either but I know of a few friends that it probably would.

    • admin

      Hi Maggie, thanks for stopping by. This challenge is really taking me to the next level. I hope it does for you too.

      Anna

    • Lee

      Hi Anna,

      Every week I feel like I hear a brand new diet that is the diet of all diets when it comes to losing weight. Thus, I absolutely agree with you that no diet works perfectly for just one person; you have to work with your body and its needs. It’s very similar to a gym program. For me I have friends on that new P90x program which would *never* work for me because it would like killing myself. However, my going to hip hop and zumba classes to stay fit does work. Two different methods, same end destination.

      Thanks for sharing your story!

    • admin

      Hey Lee, you’re right, being “personal” applies to exercise too. I’d rather have someone do something they really like and do it consistently instead of push something on them that they hate and end up giving up after a few days 🙂

      Thanks for your comment!

      Anna

    • Hi Anna,
      I’m with you and have clients that are telling me about their latest diets and I have tried many of these to better understand the pros/cons of each. I know I’ve tried the cabbage soup diet (yuk after 2 days!) and have decided that the best advice is that all diets are not created equal and each person needs to find the right nutrition (I hate the word diet) plan for them that they can SUSTAIN for the long term. Thanks for sharing.
      Joy
      http://inspirefitnessbootcamps.blogspot.com/
      h

    • admin

      Right on, Joy! I don’t like the term “diet” either. This word is usually used for things that don’t last long but I do find it helpful for my clients to jump start their weight loss and practice healthy habits.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Anna

    • The soup sounds good – for a meal. It sounds a bit repetitive to eat the same thing for days!

    • admin

      Hi Erin, it is repetitive which is why I didn’t last long on it 🙂 But, it is a great soup to have in hand ahead of time. It’s a good way to get my vegetables in.

      Anna

    • I SOOOOO don’t like the word diet! If you cannot sustain it for life, what’s the point? My 88 year old grandmother says: “all things in moderation!”

      Ann Evanston
      The Warrior is Within You

    • admin

      Hi Ann, nice to see you here! I know I always say “nutrition” instead of “diet.” My mantra is: The best nutrition plan is the one you will follow 🙂

      Anna

    • Just reading about this diet made me hungry! I too need protein to stay full. But I like the idea of incorporating the vegetable soup into my meals.
      thanks for the review!

    • Instead of diet, I try to focus on improving my health. The soup sounds like a great way to get in your veggies, I’m definately going to try it.

      I love your honesty about your experiences. Thanks for sharing the website to get more information.

    • admin

      Hey June, nice to see you here too! It is a great way to get your veggies in. I cook it on Sunday so I have it over the week.

      Thanks for your comment!

      Anna

    • admin

      Hey Cheryl, I just visited your site. You got some great work on those pics!

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Anna

    • I agree with what you said about diets being personal…it’s not one size fits all 🙂
      I, myself, like calling how I eat my food plan…and I think your soup will be a lovely addition. Thanks!
      Jean Buschke
      http://www.falldownseventimesgetupeight.com

    • I think I’ve gotten to the point where just hearing the word diet makes me gain weight 😉 Every one I’ve ever been on has eventually failed. It’s a tightrope walk finding a reasonable, sustainable way to eat that doesn’t make me crazy or tempt me to cheat. (Has to have room for wine.)

    • admin

      Hi Jean, I definitely love this soup. I hope you like it as much as I do!

      Anna

    • admin

      Hi Kerry, haha…that is a funny statement and probably true in some regard. I’ve found a balance now in terms of my nutrition plan. I can eat on track during the week and have wiggle room during the weekend. That’s perfect for me. I hope you find your balance.

      Anna

    • Teresa.

      Hi, my name is Teresa and I’ve been doing the diet for 4 days now and lost 4 lbs, I need to lose 30 lbs but I’m happy so far with the results, I modified the Diet a bit, in the mornings I have 1/2 a cup of cooked oatmeal with water and cinammon, and 2 boiled eggs with out the yolk, and during the day I follow the soup, instead of can tomatoes I used fresh real ones and no salt chicken boullion and for taste complete season, and taste great, also walking every day!

    •  Hi Teresa, as long as you know that this is more of a jumpstart plan instead of long-term plan, you will be fine. I’m glad to hear it’s working for you. Best of luck!

    • SF

      I started the diet two days ago. So far I lost 3 pounds on the first day and 1 pound on the second day. I am finding it surprisingly easy – no detox symptoms. I’m enjoying the soup and actually feeling full of energy. I can’t say I have ever felt this way before while on a detox diet. Usually I would be starving, tired, have a headache and generally miserable. Keeping my fingers crossed that I will be one of the lucky ones that loose 10 pounds as promised…