Sacred Heart Soup Diet Plan
The Sacred Heart Soup Diet is a fad soup-based diet that has been around for many years. The link to either the Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital in Florida. or the hospital with the same name in Montreal Canada, is almost certainly a myth, though this link is often claimed to give the diet some authority.
This diet has also been known by other names such as the 'Cleveland Clinic Diet', 'Spokane Heart Diet', the 'Miami Heart Institute Diet' and the 'Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital Diet'. It is very similar the 'cabbage soup diet' and is generally used to lose a lot of weight in a short period of time, such as 7 days.
Some people have claimed that they have lost 10-17 pounds in a week using this diet. Most of the weight lost will probably be water, nevertheless it is very popular. The diet is unsustainable and there is nothing magical about the foods eaten. The reduction in calories by replacing meals with lots of soup, fruit and vegetables produces the weight loss, and there is nothing more to it than that.
The 7 Day Soup Diet Plan
Follow the seven-day menu plan for two consecutive weeks. Then take a week off the diet, before resuming for another two weeks. If desired, dieters can repeat the cycle many times until they reach their weight loss target.
Soup and Fruit - Eat Soup and any Fresh fruit (no bananas) that you want, but Nothing else. (no bananas)
Soup and Vegetables (no Fruit) - Eat lots of cooked, raw fresh vegetables or canned vegetables throughout the day. Focus on green leafy veggies and avoid peas, dry beans and corn. You can eat a baked potato for dinner with butter.
Soup, vegetables and fruit - Eat Soup and all you want of any combination of fruit and vegetables. Nothing else.
Soup, bananas and milk - Eat Soup all day, combined with 3 bananas and a single glass of skim milk. No other food.
Beef, chicken or fish and tomatoes - Eat Soup and up to 8 tomatoes and as much lean beef, fish and skinless chicken as you want. Nothing else.
Beef, chicken or fish and vegetables - Eat Soup, and all the lean beef, skinless chicken, and fish that you want. Nothing else.
Brown rice and vegetables - Eat Soup and all the grown rice combined with vegetables you want. Nothing else.
- Unsweetened fruit juices
- Tea (including herbal teas)
- Skim milk
- Cranberry juice
- Lots of water
Soup Recipe (eat every day)
3 plus large green onions (finely chopped)
1 or 2 cans of stewed tomatoes
4 cups beef broth (no fat) or other stock
1 packet of chicken noodle soup mix
5 stalks of celery (chopped)
1 pack frozen string beans (chopped)
4 potatoes (diced)
4 carrots diced Carrots
1 Green Pepper (chopped)
- Place all the ingredients in a saucepan.
- Add extra water to just cover all the vegetables with water.
- Boil quickly for 10 minutes.
- Reduce the heat and simmer until all the vegetables are tender (about 30 minutes).
- Season with salt, curry, pepper, parsley and add chilli or Worcestershire sauce if desired.
- The soup can be eaten at any time and for most meals.
© 2012 Dr. John Anderson
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