Sacred Heart Diet – Quick fast weight loss

Okay, before i go into this diet in detail, be aware it IS a fad diet, however its one of the more healthy ones, and its VERY effective. I used this to kick my plateau.

I would never reccomend this unless you absolutly had to kick a plateau, or need to lose weight for surgery etc (which is why i did it).
Its very hard to stick to, and i had been happily sticking to a 1200 calorie a day diet for 8 months at the time of doing this, and i STILL found it excessivly hard to stick too. On the bright side, im on day 6 now and ive lost 4.5kg/10lb.

It generally seems to deny you:
* All fats
* All Starches
* All Wheat based products
* All Processed foods

If correctly followed, it will clean out your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well-being. After only 7 days of this process, you will begin to feel lighter by at least 10 pounds (4.5kg) and possibly 17 pounds(7.7kg), and experience an abundance of energy. (though i felt tired for the first couple days on this diet)


  • 1 or 2 cans of stewed tomatoes
  • 3 plus large green onions
  • 1 large can of beef broth (no fat)
  • 1 pkg. Lipton Soup mix (chicken noodle)
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • 2 cans green beans
  • 2 lbs. Carrots
  • 2 Green Peppers
Season with salt, pepper curry, parsley, if desired, or bouillon, hot or Worcestershire sauce. Cut veggies in small to medium pieces. Cover with water. Boil fast for 10 minutes. Reduce to simmer and continue to cook until veggies are tender.
This soup can be eaten anytime you are hungry during the week. Eat as much as you want, whenever you want. This soup will not add calories. The more you eat, the more you will lose. You may want to fill a thermos in the morning if you will be away during the day.
  • Unsweetened juices
  • Tea (also herbal)
  • Coffee
  • Cranberry juice
  • Skim milk
  • Water, water, water
Any fruit (except bananas). Cantaloupes and watermelon are lower in calories than most other fruits. Eat only soup and fruit today.
All vegetables. Eat until you are stuffed 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. At dinnertime tonight reward yourself with a big baked potato and butter. Don’t eat any fruits through today.
Eat all the soup, fruit and veggies you want. Do not have a baked potato. If you have eaten as above for three days and not cheated, you should find that you have lost 5-7 pounds.
Bananas and skim milk: Eat at least 3 bananas and drink as much milk as you can today, along with the soup. Bananas are high in calories and carbohydrates, as is the milk but on this particular day, your body will need the potassium and carbs. Proteins and calcium to lessen the cravings for sweets.
Beef and tomatoes: you may have 10 to 20 ounces (300-550grams) of beef and a can of tomatoes, or as many as 6 tomatoes on this day. Eat the soup at least once today.
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.
Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juice and veggies, again, be sure to stuff yourself and eat the soup. You can add cooked veggies to your rice if you wish.
By the end of the 7th day, if you have not cheated on this diet, you should have lost 10 to 17 pounds. If you have lost more than 17 pounds, stay off the diet for two days before resuming the diet again.
This diet is fast. The secret lies within the principle that you will burn more calories than you take in. It will flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well-being. This diet does not lend itself to drinking any alcoholic beverages at any time. Because of the fat build-up in your system. Go off the diet at least 14 hours before any intake of alcohol.
Due to the variety of digestive systems in individuals, this diet will affect everyone differently. After day three, you will have more energy than when you began, if you do not cheat. After being on the diet for several days, you will find that your bowel movements have changed. Eat a cup of bran or fiber. Although you can have black coffee with this diet, you may find that you don’t need caffeine after the third day.
The basic fat burning soup can be eaten anytime you feel hungry during the seven days. Eat as much as you wish. Remember the more you eat, the more you will lose. You can eat broiled, boiled or baked chicken instead of the beef. Absolutely no skin on the chicken. If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef on only one of the beef days. You need the high protein in the beef for the other days.
Continue on the diet as long as you wish and feel the difference both mentally and physically.
No bread, alcohol, carbonated drinks (including diet drinks). Remember, absolutely no fried foods.
DO – DO – DO – DO
Drink plenty – at least 6 to 8 glasses – of water a day, as well as any combination of the following beverages: black coffee, unsweetened fruit drinks, cranberry juice and skim milk.
This diet comes from the Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital that is used for overweight heart patients in order to lose weight rapidly, usually prior to surgery.

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  1. Varg Says:

    Wow. that’s intense. soup sounds good though, can i use any sort of spices / herbs i like or are there any that i should avoid?

  2. Liz Says:

    Sure, i did, had to change the flavour up a fair bit to make it edible after a day or two πŸ™‚

  3. Alister Says:


    Do you know of anyone who got the same results if they had a lot less weight to lose, i.e someone who has put on 2-3kg but who would not be classed as overweight. Often people quote dropping huge amounts of weight quickly but they have like 10-50kg to lose so when you put it in perspective someone who isnt overweight butwants to lose acouple can they expect a similar loss?


  4. Liz Quilty Says:

    Yeah, even if purely because it drops water weight, and cleans out the colon. The colon can hold up to a good few KG of waste at any time. However the loss isn’t permanent for things like that, but you will drop a bit of the actual fat in any case πŸ™‚

  5. Rachel Says:

    When drinking coffee and tea,
    1. can I still have 1 teaspoon sugarin the black coffee?
    2. can I use .25Teaspoon honey in black tea with a slice of lemon?

    Many thanks

  6. Liz Quilty Says:

    You could but i would be wary if you are having to many cups of tea and coffee πŸ™‚

  7. Rachel Says:

    Sorry another question. What are Green onions? Can I use normal white onions or bunch of Spring Onions?

  8. Liz Quilty Says:

    Yeah use whatever onions you want. Spring Onions are these things but choped up

  9. Pauline Says:

    How many servings does the soup have or do you have to make it every day. What brand of cranberry juice do you have.

  10. Liz Quilty Says:

    The soup is really just a low calorie filler between meals. It doesnt really make you loose weight so much as make you feel more full without eating tons of calories. i don’t think the brands matter much for the juice – they are all much the same

  11. Pauline Says:

    what is beef broth

  12. Liz Quilty Says:

    Its just beef stock – americanisms? get a couple oxo cubes in boiling water?

  13. merenia bowden Says:

    wow….this looks good and you get quite a lot to eat between meals…way more than im havin now lol…..its so much easier for me to have an actual written down meal plan to follow….way kewl

  14. Makere Says:

    This is my first day on this plan. Im going for ten days:-) The first three is just the soup and than start the first day of the seven day plan on the fourth day:-) Is it true that the more soup you eat the more you loose and if i ran out of the sacred heart soup is it ok to consume other low fat soup from the shop?

  15. cecoia Says:

    Hi there,

    I’m just about to start this diet for 14 days. Can anyone tell how they went with their weight loss on this diet?

  16. Liz Quilty Says:

    I did this diet, it does work you loose a fair bit of weight (about 4-5kg) , but its really hard to stick too. Plan your means ahead of time and tons of snacks πŸ™‚

  17. cecoia Says:

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you for your information.

  18. Sylvia Says:

    Hi Liz and everyone who tried this diet,
    I have a question about how much of the soup you should eat. Obviously when you’re hungry to fill you up. But could it be true the more you it it the more you’ll lose based on the negative calorie veggies used in it?

  19. Liz Quilty Says:

    The whole negative calorie thing is really a bit dodgy. Im not a believer at all, i think its a load of bollocks. But in any case eating vegetables are all good for you in any case, they are filling and full of great things. You will loose weight eating more veges because they have low fat (except avacado and some others) and eating more food will raise your metabolism.

  20. Sylvia Says:

    Also, I was wondering if eating raw veggies in place of the soup work as well. Sometimes I don’t feel like having soup. Could I just fill myself up with some veggies that go into the soup?
    Technically it is the same thing, correct?

  21. Liz Quilty Says:

    Sure, the idea is to fill up on lower calorie items

  22. Sylvia Says:

    And finally,
    if you cheated, not with any junk, but canned tuna on a slice of 7 grain, is it ok to continue of have to start all over??
    Thanks in advance for the answers!!

  23. Liz Quilty Says:

    Dont bother starting over, just keep going as you were. Tuna is no bad egg at all, its great πŸ™‚

  24. Sylvia Says:

    Thank you for quick response Liz. Do you ever repeat the diet?

  25. Liz Quilty Says:

    Nah, it was too hard and to be honest, i wasnt sure what value i was really getting out of it other than a scale measurement. Most of the weight lost was probably colon build up (which is normal and will come back) and water weight (also normal, and probably come back, dependant on how much sodium i eat)

  26. Hey Says:

    Is it possible to replace the meat with a vegetarian alternative?

  27. Liz Quilty Says:

    Yup, I’d go with something protein based however with similar calories. Go for Eggs or something along the lines.

  28. Natalie Says:

    my husband and I have been doing this for three days now… Some of it has been quite difficult (2nd day in particular, because carrots & celery were pretty much all we ate!).
    Just to clarify – for days 4+ can we not eat fruit at all???

  29. Liz Quilty Says:

    If you want to i would just go ahead, i dont think it will make a huge difference πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  30. Terri Says:

    Hi there,

    I was wondering if I could puree the soup?
    Would that affect anything?

  31. Liz Quilty Says:

    I don’t see how it would change it. Go for it!

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  34. Taz Says:

    Well, I have to lose about 30 to 40 pounds to be fit, healthy and not overweight. Do you recommend that I go on this diet?

  35. Liz Quilty Says:

    Im not recommending anything, but ill give advice freely πŸ™‚ I found the best motivator for me was loosing weight. If i didn’t loose weight i got annoyed and often sabotaged my diet.
    I think to loose weight and keep it off its better to tweak the diet over the long term and not drop too much weight fast, but as a diet starter to kick off a lot of weight, this is the diet for you. A lot of the weight is water weight and not really fat, so its more the ego boost and to get you into the mind set than anything else.
    The only problem is that it leaves you fairly hungry and craving which can totally undo everything you just lost. If you are aware of that then go for it.

  36. Taz Says:

    Thank you! However, I was wondering if I will regain the weight after the diet is over, even if I keep on doing execises and eat healthy?

  37. Liz Quilty Says:

    You will probably regain a little, but if you keep with exercise and controlling the diet you will be fine πŸ™‚

  38. Katie Says:

    Hi all, Iv started this diet and so far its been good, (end of day 2) I just have a slightly different version of the soup recipe.. no beans,no soup mix, no beef stock or carrots but instead half a cabbage cut into bits, vege stock and instead of using so much water to give it volume a large bottle of V8 vege juice, this gives it a really nice taste, more similar to tomato soup!

  39. donald Says:

    Hi Liz,
    1) Congrats on your achievements, you photo’s are a real inspiration.
    2) thanks for putting together this website, i have seen a couple of people leaving “negative’ comments on some of the pages, there is more info here at no cost than most paid subscription web sites.
    3) Day 4 of the sacred heart diet i’m down 5.5 KG, my 13 year old son is 2.4 kg down.I have heaps to loose, but he has lost about 30% of his goal.(damn i have lost less than 10%, yep do the figures, i need to drop over 50, actually about 65/70.
    Once again, well done and thanks.

  40. Liz Quilty Says:

    Wow thats soo awesome! Congrats!!!

  41. bruce Says:

    hi liz,
    i found your diet about 2 years ago its a great diet..i weighed 98kg at start and lost 10 kg very easily with little exercise.are now aged 71 years.
    every now and again when my pants get a bit tight have a 7 day diet are currently on day 3..all the best out there it really works well..regards bruce

  42. Jessica Says:

    Hi, I was wondering if there was a substitute for the beef. Maybe poultry? Or fish? I don’t eat beef…

    Thank you so much for your article!

  43. Liz Quilty Says:

    Heya, I think anything that has protein in it is a good idea, go with either of the fish or poultry should be fine. If you were vegetarian I would go with Nuts, avacado, or eggs etc

  44. karen Says:

    well i am on day four and i can say that i have lost nearly three kilos so far, i have adjusted quite well with it since i eat the soup, im getting married soon so it was a quick fix i did this diet four years ago and it worked wonders im only 70 kg but always wanted to get to about 67 kg which has never happened so hopfully this time it may work

  45. karen Says:

    Hi there
    today im on day 6 i didnt lose any weight today is that usual, i only have one day left

  46. Nicky Says:

    Hi. My Fiance and I are about to start the diet and have been reading the heaps of information on your website (which is great). I assume that with Day 1 having fruit, that dried fruits, eg. apricots, cranberries, etc, are good as well?
    I see in the ’21 ways to make your diet easier’ that it notes about shrimps (which can also be prawns). Can we eat these any day as snacks? Obviously not fried.
    Also, what about almonds as snacks between things? I also read about popcorn (plain, with no butter, etc). Could you comment on these couple of things please. I can see how the diet works, but having a bit of variety for snacks would be good if possible.
    Thanks heaps

  47. Liz Quilty Says:

    Heya. I would not go with dried fruit. Generally the water content of normal fruit fills you up more ie its easy to eat a cup of dried apricots but not so easy to eat a kilogram of apricots. The calorie content would be the same. Almonds are good fats, but still non the less, fats. I wouldn’t snack on them if you were trying to loose weight. Fish on the other hand has next to no fat other than what its cooked in, has a decent amount of protein so wouldn’t be so bad. Again its the quantity.
    This diet is pretty much meant to get you eating a lot of fruit and vegetables which clears our your colon, drops water weight from not having so much salt, and is very low in calories. So by adding in high calorie snacks it totally defeats the purpose.

  48. Chris Says:

    The diiet looks great but when you say eat as much veges as you can etc. does this mean they have to plain boiled if cooked? Is steamed veges flavoured with a bit of oyster sauce OK? Likewise eating beef on the 5th day, does it matter how beef is cooked?


  49. Liz Quilty Says:

    I’m sure its ok to go with however you want to cook them, but so long as its not in fat. Baked, steamed, etc would be fine. Be wary of sauces as they may have higher than expected sugar/fats. Go hard on herbs and other flavourings however.

  50. lauren Says:

    i’m on the second day & have already lost 2 pounds. i was curious as to if beans count as a vegetable…. i know it says stay away from dry beans, but these can of black beans are eyeing me down. also is chickpeas bad as well?

  51. Liz Quilty Says:

    I’m guessing most similar beans because they would be higher in calorie. I dont think a few would make much difference though πŸ™‚

  52. Caitlin Says:

    Is it okay to eat sugarless gum? I’m going to walk to the grocery store right now and get the food to make the soup, i’m very excited to start this diet! (:

  53. Liz Quilty Says:

    Absolutely! sugarless gum is great! Just dont have too much or it may give you the runs πŸ™‚

  54. Caitlin Says:

    Thank you! I’m seeing my boyfriend in 2 weeks after being away for 3 months and i feel that i’ve gained. So I’m excited to see if this works πŸ™‚ I’ll post an update in a week.

  55. Mal Says:

    I forgot the “no bananas” rule for day one, and I had a banana! Is that unacceptable? Like should I start over??

  56. Liz Quilty Says:

    I think you should be fine, I wouldn’t restart πŸ™‚

  57. Lucy Says:

    If you’re really trying to be healthy not just smaller, the only way to do it is by a Balanced diet, you get your energy from carbohydrates, and then you use that energy to exercise so you can burn fat and built muscle strength. Also alot of water, why drink tea and
    Coffee when it dehydrates you and it’s also acidic on the ph scale. So what I’m saying is quit trying to find short cuts.

  58. Liz Quilty Says:

    Unfortunately most people don’t care so much about being healthy, but once they are on the path to being smaller tend to be more inclined to go that road.

  59. megan Says:

    how much water do i put in the soup!?

  60. Liz Quilty Says:

    Depends on how thick you want it. If you want it watery, put more in, if you want it thick, put less?

  61. megan Says:

    Awesome! thank you cant wait to start it! we are making the soup as i am typing this lol

  62. amanda Says:

    Are avocados and edemame okay to eat?

    Also, I am on day two and i have only lost one pound πŸ™

    I have not cheated…is there anything you suggest that i do to lose more?

  63. Liz Quilty Says:

    Avacados are pure fat, probably not a good idea to eat much if you want to loose weight. This diet wlil loose “weight” but not really fat, so as soon as you start eating/drinking normally its easy to regain a fair bit. The “weight” lost is water, excrement, and similar, as well as a small bit of fat and muscle lost. Its not really a healthy option for loosing weight, and there is no possible way to loose fat that fast.
    It takes weeks/months/years to put the fat on, its not going to go overnight. This is why pills and short term diets do not work (despite their claims!)

  64. mary Says:

    do you know about how many calories is in the soup?

  65. Liz Quilty Says:

    Nope, but presuming you only use vegetables then pretty good chance there is very little. if it was really thick with vegetables a maximum of around 100 calories per cup.

  66. stephanie Says:

    does this actually work.?

  67. Liz Quilty Says:

    Yep, but its a pretty shit way to loose weight πŸ™‚

  68. Hannah Says:

    i am a vegetarian but i would like to try this. can i substitute tofu products or tempe for the beef?

  69. Liz Quilty Says:

    Sure i don’t see why not, i think so long as it has protein, so you may even want to go nuts?

  70. Shun Says:

    With the soup, is it okay to have some mushrooms in it?

  71. Liz Quilty Says:

    yep, just fine

  72. Colleen Says:

    I do not like bananas – cannot even force myself to eat them. What would you recommend I replace them with?

  73. Liz Quilty Says:

    hmm good question, you could probably go with something low calorie and filling like a low fat sugar replaced yogurt if you want. This also gives you calcium and protein

  74. Dragonfly Says:

    Wow, intense, reminds me of the crazy arse diets I did as a teen lol! Going to give it a go though, as I have to lose a bunch to get below 100KG for something, then move to a sensible eating plan after that, but I need the kick start, I hope I can stick to it!

    Thanks for the great site Liz, your weight loss is a huge inspiration darl!

  75. Wahine Says:

    Hi there, I have been on a weight loss journey for a year now and have managed to lose 43kg, yay, however over the festive season, actually the last couple of months have managed to regain 10kg. I am wanting to give this soup diet a go to kick start my weight loss again. I also use the calorie counting technique. I am a bit apprehensive about losing weight initially on the soup diet then regaining. If i do this soup diet and then go back to 1200 calories a day will i put much back on afterwards???

  76. Liz Quilty Says:

    You are probably better off just sticking with the 1200 calorie diet, this is basically just super low calorie and no processed foods. you will find you will loose just as much and better if you stick to similar style of non-processed foods within the calorie limit (but add a little protein)

  77. mathusha Says:

    is there any other fruit or vege, i can subtitute for tomatoes in day 5??

  78. Liz Quilty Says:

    Any other vegetable will work

  79. kay Says:

    i started this diet yesterday. Starting weight 192lb. i Made my soup the night before and added a large spoon of hot curry powder. I blended half of it when cooked and it looked so fab i couldnt wait to start!

    Day 1 I had 5 bowls of soup, one tangerine, 1 baked apple, bunch of grapes and about 7 large strawberries. Drunk water all day and had one cup of coffee with no sugar or milk (yuk). I was glad to see the night come so i didnt have to have another bowl of spoup however nice it was!!

    Day 2 (today) I have only managed 2 bowls of soup but did enjoy my baked potato with swede, cauli and french beens. Had 2 cups of tea no sugar or milk (slightly better than the coffee). I am waiting in anticipation for day 3! soup is the way forward lol

  80. kay Says:

    opps i forgot to say i lost 36lb last year with diet and excercise. Put 20lb back on since jan of this year after having a hysterectomy. Just thought i would try this to give my system a good kick start

  81. Storm Says:


  82. Liz Quilty Says:

    Just keep going, you will still loose some weight im sure πŸ™‚

  83. Rae Says:

    Instead of making the soup, could I eat a can of chicken and stars soup? There is only 80 calories in it.

  84. Liz Quilty Says:

    Probably but im unsure if it will have the same effect since its probably got lots of sodium in it πŸ™‚

  85. Laura Says:

    Does this diet just make you weigh less? Or will you visibly shrink your waist/hips/thighs/face?

  86. Liz Quilty Says:

    Both, but it would not be an option for a long term diet as most of the weight loss is water weight – the water weight will make you weigh less and be less puffy in face/belly/ etc

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  91. candice Says:

    Am allowed sweetners ( sweet in low, splenda, sugar twin) in my coffee? And how much would it affect my weightloss results if I put one cream and one sweetner in my coffee once a day? And can I chew my excel sugar free gum?

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    can i use sweetener on this diet?

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  94. Shylah Says:

    Is it safe to exercise whilst doing the diet?

  95. Liz Quilty Says:

    sure, just switch out meat products for other protein products

  96. Katie Says:

    Is there a vegetarian version of this diet?

  97. Brady Says:

    I’m only 13, am I too young to do this diet?

  98. Liz Quilty Says:

    Probably not

  99. Julia Says:

    Not sure if this blog is still active
    Likely not
    Bit I’m wondering if anyone ever did he diet for 6 weeks or more
    I’m on my second week
    Was expecting same weight loss but has not happened
    Any tips?

  100. Liz Quilty Says:

    Not sure if i could handle that long πŸ™‚

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  105. Pamela Says:

    I am needing to loose 50 plus pounds of health issues. I seen this diet and wanted to start it. But because of my health I am not able to exercise so I was wondering will this diet help me even if I cannot be active right now.Also with stomach problems I was wondering if a lot of these veggies and fruits that have a lot of acid would cause problems. thanks.

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