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
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
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.