The Scared Heart Diet Examined


The scared heart diet is rumored to be a fad diet, which means it is a diet that rose quickly in popularity but failed to remain in peoples' life. 

It was said that the diet originated from the cardiology department at the Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital; upon further research, apparently the hospital never made this diet in preparation for people about to undergo surgery. 

Several names are the same diet such as the Miami Heart Institute Diet, Cleveland Clinic diet, Spokane Heart Diet and the cabbage soup heart diet. 

The sacred heart diet entails a 7 day eating plan with some people clamoring about losing 10-20 pounds in their first week of diet. Upon analysis, it looks like the diet is another version of a reduced calorie diet. Some speculate that the weight lost is only from water, which may be the case, but I doubt 17 pounds of water is all that is lost especially if you are eating low amounts of calories. 

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The Sacred Heart 7 Day Diet plan 


Day 1

Any fruit (except bananas). Cantaloupes and watermelon are lower in calories than most other fruits. Eat only soup and fruit today. 

Day 2

All vegetables. Eat until you are full with fresh raw, cooked or canned veggies.  Try to eat green leafy veggies and stay away from dry beans, peas or corn. Eat veggies along with the soup and baked potato at dinner time with butter. Don't eat any fruits through today. 

Day 3

Eat all the soup, fruit and veggies you want. Do not have a baked potato. 

Day 4

Bananas and skim milk: Eat at least 3 bananas and drink as much milk as you can today, along with the soup.

Day 5

Beef and tomatoes: you may have 10 to 20 ounces of beef and a can of tomatoes, or as many as 6 tomatoes on this day. Eat the soup at least once today. 

Day 6

Beef and veggies, eat to your heart's content of the beef and veggies today. You can even have 2-3 steaks if you like with green leafy veggies but no baked potato. Be sure to eat the soup at least once today. 

Day 7

Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juice and veggies, until full (and eat the soup.) You can add cooked veggies to your rice if you wish. 

The Sacred Heart Soup

  • 1 or 2 cans of stewed tomatoes
  • 3 or more large green onions
  • 1 large can of fat-free beef broth
  • 1 package of chicken noodle soup mix
  • 1 bunch of celery 
  • 2 cans of green beans
  • 2 pounds of carrots 
  • 2 green peppers

    Directions: Chop the vegetables into small or medium pieces. Add everything to a large soup pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Reduce the soup to a simmer and continue to cook until all the vegetables are tender. The soup may be seasoned with salt, pepper, hot sauce, bouillon, or Worcestershire sauce if desired. 

Personally, Why Not Try The Fat Loss Factor, a more effective diet that is safe for the long-run. 

Drinks allowed on The Sacred Heart Diet

  • Lots of water
  • Skim Milk
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Tea (also herbal)
  • Unsweetened juices
  • Coffee


The Sacred Heart Hospital In Montreal Canada stated in a 2004 press release that "no nutritionist at the Hospital took part in the development of this diet." None, zero want to be linked to the sacred heart diet. 

Considerations about the the sacred heart diet


The diet recommends unlimited red meat which isn't good for your health in the long run. Think heart attack.

The diet is nutrient deficit on some days, which would prompt the use of a multivitamin to keep up with the recommended daily allowance of micronutrients. 

The American Heart Association claimed the diet is bunk.

The Sacred Heart Medical Center wants no association with the diet. 

If interested in the Scared Heart Diet, I recommend this book, released in 2009. 

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