The Sacred Heart Diet Vs. THE SACRED HEART DIET !!!
The Sacred Heart Diet
The idea for the Sacred Heart Diet supposedly originated in the cardiology department at Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin. However, the hospital maintains that this is not the case. Perhaps for this reason, identical plans have also sprung up under different names, such as the Spokane Heart Diet, the Cleveland Clinic Diet and the Miami Heart Institute Diet. Some have also observed that it bears a strong resemblance to the cabbage soup diet. Because of its indeterminate origins and lack of sound medical backing, many consider this plan to be nothing more than a fad diet. And while it may help some dieters cut back on their calories, it is unlikely that this plan is a viable long-term solution.
What it Is
The Sacred Heart Diet is designed to last for ten days. Dieters may choose to try it in order to lose weight for a special event, or to help kick off a new weight loss program. In order to begin the plan, dieters prepare a soup of fat-free broth and vegetables. This will be their primary source of nutrients for the week. On day one, dieters may eat the soup and any fruit besides bananas. Cantaloupe and watermelon are recommended. On day two, dieters eliminate fruit, and eat only soup and vegetables, avoiding peas, corn and beans. Dinner consists of a baked potato with butter. No baked potato on day three, but dieters may eat all the soup, fruits and veggies they like. On day four, dieters should eat at least three bananas and drink as much skim milk as they can, along with soup. On day five, dieters may eat 10 to 20 ounces of beef and one can of stewed tomatoes. They should also be sure to eat soup for one meal. On day six, dieters should eat the soup at least once, but other than that they may consume as much beef and vegetables as they wish. And finally, on day seven, at least one serving of soup, as well as brown rice, vegetables, and unsweetened fruit juice.
Some call the soup associated with the Sacred Heart Diet a “fat burning soup” or “calorie burning soup.” Some proponents also claim that it contains no calories at all, which is why dieters may eat as much of it as they like. It is also believed to “cleanse the body of impurities”, causing dieters to feel lighter and more energetic. Unfortunately, there is no truth to the claims that this soup, or any other food, for that matter, is calorie free. However, the broth and vegetables contain very few calories and can be quite filling, allowing dieters to restrict their total calorie intake.
Most dieters are aware that the most reliable method for losing weight is to simply burn more calories than you consume. Therefore, consuming fewer calories makes it easier to achieve the negative balance necessary to drop pounds. The “Sacred Heart” plan is quite low in calories, which may help some dieters to drop pounds. However, because the plan lasts only for one week, individuals are likely to gain the weight back as soon as they return to eating normally. Those who are looking for a way to control their calorie intake may want to consider a supplements containing hoodia gordonii. This herb has been shown to curb cravings, helping dieters to eat less without feeling deprived. Because the herb does not cause side effects, it is safe for long-term use.
• Does not require any specialty foods • Lasts only 7 days
• Dieters may grow bored of the menu • Not helpful for weight maintenance
Most nutritional experts dismiss this diet as little more than a fad, arguing that many of its claims are simply false. Although the “special soup” contains plenty of healthy vegetables, no food is calorie free. It may be fairly low in calories, but many dieters may find themselves bored after several straight days of nothing but soup. More likely than not, any weight lost on this diet will quickly be gained back. In order to maintain weight loss, dieters may want to consider a supplement containing bitter orange in addition to hoodia gordonii. This herb has been shown to boost the metabolism increasing the body’s fat and calorie burning abilities.
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