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Sacred Heart Vegetable Soup Diet

By Jill Corleone, RDN, LD

When it comes to losing weight, most people want to lose it quickly, which is why fad diets are so popular. The Sacred Heart Diet is no different. It promises to help you lose 10 pounds in a week, according to the Healthy Weight Forum. While the Sacred Heart Diet may help you lose those unwanted pounds, it's not the best way to go. Talk to your doctor before starting any weight-loss diet.

What You Eat

The Sacred Heart Diet is a short-term seven-day diet. It primarily consists of a low-calorie vegetable soup that you eat in unlimited quantities throughout the course of the diet. Each day during the seven-day period you are allowed to eat different types of food. For example, on day one, you can eat any fruit, except bananas, in addition to the soup; on day two, you are allowed to eat any vegetables except beans and a baked potato with dinner. Beef, brown rice and bananas are also on the diet during the week. You are also encouraged to drink plenty of liquids, such as water, unsweetened fruit juice, skim milk and black coffee.

Diet Concerns

The Sacred Heart Diet helps you lose weight because it's low in calories. It is also a very restrictive diet, as it cuts out or severely limits most food groups. Diet boredom is a concern with the diet, as is the risk of not getting all of the nutrients you need for good health. Also, if you are not making permanent changes to your unhealthy eating habits, you may regain the weight you lost once you're off the Sacred Heart Diet.

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Not a Hospital Diet

You might find information indicating that the Sacred Heart Diet was created by a hospital to help overweight and obese cardiology patients lose weight before surgery. This is not true, and a number of hospitals with the Sacred Heart name have denied that they invented the diet or support its use, according to the Healthy Weight Forum. There are no scientific studies supporting the validity of the Sacred Heart Diet.

Better Ways to Lose Weight

A lifestyle that includes regular exercise to help you burn calories and a healthy diet that helps you limit calories is a good way to lose weight and keep it off. Your diet should include a variety of healthy foods from all the food groups -- grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat dairy -- so that you get all the nutrients you need for good health. In addition, if you want to lose weight and keep it off, make breakfast a priority and don't skip meals.

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