The sacred heart diet is another of the 'eat your fill' diets, with the staple ingredient being a hearty vegetable soup. Named after the hospital where it was supposedly invented to treat overweight cardiology patients before surgery, it actually has no scientific credentials, with several hospitals even issuing statements disowning it.
The Sacred Heart Diet is a 7 day soup based diet
The principle is to fill up on a very low calorie vegetable soup, which can be consumed in as large a quantity as is needed. Other foods are off limits, except for the foods prescribed for each day, as are alcoholic drinks and carbonated beverages. The diet lasts for seven days, after which time dieters are supposed to have lost at least 10 pounds, as well as feeling cleansed and rejuvenated.
To prepare the soup, simply peel, slice or chop the vegetables, cover with water and add the soup mix and spices. Bring to a boil, then simmer until cooked. This is the basic food you will be eating all week, together with plenty of liquids from this list;
In addition to the soup, the menu is as follows;
If you prefer, chicken can be substituted for the beef, of course without skin and not fried. One beef meal can be replaced by broiled fish. At the end of the week, you should have lost at least 10 pounds.
This diet is not a long term weight loss plan, and one of the main points against it is that most weight loss is temporary, caused by fluid depletion. The first three days are particularly low in calories, and may cause light headedness and weakness.
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