This particular 7-day diet had its provenance or origin at the Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital, but there are authorities who claim that his is but one of those urban myths that get established as truths in the popular imagination. Be that as it may, this is a short-term diet because it’s based on soups and certain allowable foods that go into or with soups. This is also a quick weight loss diet, and as such (again, according to some authorities) most of the weight you’ll lose on it will be basically water. Still, as far as a fad diet goes, this one is not at all unhealthy.
Here’s is low-down on the 7 days and on what you should eat on each of the days that you are on the Sacred Heart Diet (which may be repeated from time to time, too, should you need to lose quite a bit of weight):
Day 1 - The first day is the soup and fruit day. That is to say, soup and fruit are all you are allowed. And not all fruits, of course. For example, bananas are not allowed. You do best with fruits that have high-water content. Melons come to mind.
Day 2 - This is the day for vegetables – though soup may be included. Again, there are some restrictions on your veggies. Avoid corn and beans, for example. The veggies that you eat should either be raw or steamed. Also, on day 2 you aren’t allowed any fruits at all.
Day 3 - On the third day it’s soups and fruits and veggies – but on this day you can’t have a baked potato (which was allowed for dinner on Day 2).
Day 4 - Okay, this is the day for bananas – and skim milk. Eat three bananas and drink all the skim milk you want. Soup is allowed, too, of course.
Day 5 - On this day you will favor beef and tomatoes; and the soup. That’s basically it for day 5.
Day 6 - Another day for beef, but this time with certain vegetables, such as leafy green veggies and a baked potato. The beef may be a steak; and the soup.
Day 7 - Brown-rice day, if you will; and veggies, which you can mix with the rice. Fruit juices are also allowed, but not anything that has been artificially sweetened.
The Sacred Heart Diet is a 7-day diet. You may be wondering about the soup that you are allowed on this diet, practically every day. What kind of soup is it? Well, it’s basically a vegetable soup and should be homemade. Chicken or beef broth is allowed. Here’s what should go into it: stewed tomatoes, green onions, carrots, celery, green beans and green peppers, including the broth. Season the soup according to your taste: salt is a definite yes, but you may add other spices and parsley, too.
So this is basically the Sacred Heart Diet. Again, don’t stay on this diet for more than a week, and even then discuss it with your doctor. The combinations of foods in the diet are what seem to be responsible for the quick weight loss. They seem to rev up your metabolism.