Sacred Heart Diet Instructions

Updated March 23, 2017

Also known as the "Miracle Soup Diet," this diet has ambiguous origins: all hospitals by the name of "Sacred Heart" denounce their role in its creation. In fact, few doctors endorse the diet because each day does not provide a well-rounded meal plan. Nonetheless, all food groups are consumed over the week of the diet, but unhealthy foods such as processed, refined foods are noticeably absent. As such, one can lose weight on the Sacred Heart Diet.

Day 1

Along with the soup, eat every type of fruit desired except bananas. To maintain a feeling of fullness, choose water-dense fruits like watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe. Always keep a piece of fruit handy in your bag to ward off hunger pangs. Carrying a plastic container full of soup is also advised.

Day 2

Instead of fruit, eat vegetables. The soup, of course, can stay. Avoid starch like corn and potatoes during the day, but eat plenty of leafy greens and other raw veggies like carrot and celery sticks. Portion control of vegetables is not necessary. At dinner, eating one baked potato with a pat of butter is permitted. The difficulty to overcome in this day is the lack of sugar: since fruits are not being consumed, the flavour profiles will be one-sided.

Day 3

Day three should be easier than the previous two: instead of just fruits or vegetables, eating both is permitted. Hopefully, the soup is still just as tasty as two days prior, because you should eat plenty of the soup as well. As a tip, branch out and find different exotic fruits to stimulate the palate. If day one was nothing but pears and peaches, try eating berries, citrus or tropical fruits for variety. While the soup recipe can't change, at least the variety of fruits and vegetables can.

Day 4

The advice of getting a selection of fruits and vegetables yesterday should be well-heeded; today, consume only three bananas, skimmed milk and your favourite soup. Since you only get three bananas, ration it throughout the day. Skimmed milk will provide calcium and vitamin D. Unless you ate plenty of leafy greens on day two, your body will be craving these nutrients.

Day 5

Day five is dedicated to protein: the daily allowance recommended is 85. gr (3 ounces), but today you will eat as much as 565gr (20 ounces) to compensate for the past four days. Eat as much beef as desired, though keep oils and condiments to a minimum. If you tire of eating beef, soup in unlimited quantities can be eaten. Some versions of the diet allow for chicken and fish in addition to beef.

Day 6

Integrate vegetables into yesterday's diet: thus, beef, soup and veggies comprise today's menu. Get creative with combining vegetables and beef: make a salad with strips of meat, carrots, sautéed broccoli and peppers. A simple stir fry could be made, too---use the broth of the soup as a base, and mix in vegetables into a wok. Finding ways to keep the taste buds stimulated is critical to not giving up.

Day 7

Grains are finally added to the diet to provide complex carbs. Eat long-grain brown rice with the soup. Some versions (and likely the preferred one by those who undergo this diet) tolerate unlimited amounts of fruits and vegetables in the last day.

Additional Information

Those who attempt the Miracle Soup Diet for a week or two will battle feelings of monotony, since every day, the same type of foods are eaten. A variety of drinks are tolerated: water, coffee, juice (unsweetened) and skimmed milk are fine.

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Since 2008 Catherine Capozzi has been writing business, finance and economics-related articles from her home in the sunny state of Arizona. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in economics from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, which has given her a love of spreadsheets and corporate life.