Sacred Heart Diet: Soup Based 7 Day Meal Plan

The Sacred Heart Diet is a fad diet that has been circulating for many years.

sacred heart vegetable soup

The diet was supposedly thought to come from the cardiology department at Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital where it was used for overweight heart patients. However, like most of these diets – this is an urban myth.

The Sacred Heart Diet has been called a number of different names (such as the Spokane Heart Diet, the Cleveland Clinic Diet, Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital Diet and the Miami Heart Institute Diet).

Basically A Soup Based Diet

The Sacred Heart Diet is a soup-based diet and claims that you will lose 10-17 pounds in the first week.

This may be true, but most of the weight lost will tend to be water – and will be gained right back very soon after the diet.

This diet is very clearly an unsustainable fad diet but is not as nutritionally unsound as similar diets. Most of these diets claim some magical fat-burning science is involved, or that there is something special about the combination of foods. This is simply untrue – it is nothing more complex than a reduction in calories!

Here are the two of the most popular Sacred Heart Diet soup recipes that are the foundation of this fad diet.

The Sacred Heart Diet Soup Recipes

Most Popular Sacred Heart Soup Recipe

  • 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 vegetables are tender.

Alternate Soup Recipe
Soup to be eaten ALL DAY as much and as often as you can.

  • 2 – 11oz. cans chicken noodle soup (Campbell Healthy)
  • 5 stalks of celery (diced)
  • 1 lb. pack frozen string beans
  • 4 carrots (diced)
  • 4 potatoes (diced)
  • ½ green pepper (diced)
  • 2 onions (diced)

The diet also bears a striking resemblance to the cabbage soup diet.

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 a 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.

Drinks Allowed

  • Unsweetened juices
  • Tea (also herbal)
  • Coffee
  • Cranberry juice
  • Skim milk
  • Lots of water

The soup can be eaten at any time.

Sacred Heart Diet Variations

Here is a different version of the diet – alleged to have come from Lehigh Valley Hospital, Pennsylvania.

Follow the daily plan for 2 consecutive weeks, then take the following week off. You can repeat the cycle for as long as you like or until you achieve your weight loss goal.

MONDAY
Eat SOUP and all the FRESH FRUIT that you want. Nothing else. (no bananas)
TUESDAY
Eat SOUP and all the FRESH VEGETABLES that you want. Nothing else. (no corn or beans).
WEDNESDAY
Eat SOUP and BOTH FRUIT & VEGETABLES, all you want. Nothing else.
THURSDAY
Eat SOUP all day and 3 BANANAS. 1 GLASS OF SKIM MILK. Nothing else.
FRIDAY
Eat SOUP, up to 8 TOMATOES and ALL the skinless CHICKEN, lean BEEF & FISH that you want. Nothing else.
SATURDAY
Eat SOUP, ALL the skinless CHICKEN, lean BEEF & FISH that you want… nothing else.
SUNDAY
Eat SOUP and all the BROWN RICE that you want. Nothing else.

The Problems With This Diet

  1. Any diet that would tell you to eat unlimited red meat is not healthy, especially for those with heart disease or cholesterol problems.
  2. Diets that only focus on certain food groups and eliminate others isn’t sustainable long term.
  3. With no calorie or portion guidelines in place, people could consume too little calories or way too many on certain days.
  4. The Sacred Heart Diet is nutrient deficient on certain days.

Diet Not Endorsed by a Hospital

This diet is not recommended

  • The Sacred Heart Hospital in Montreal Canada (Hôpital Sacre Coeur) issued a press release in 2004 stating that “no nutritionist at the Hospital took part in the development of this diet”.
  • The American Heart Association have claimed that the diet is phony (ref).
  • The Sacred Heart Medical Center also disclaim any association with the diet (ref).

While people have reported losing a lot of weight on The Sacred Heart Diet, it is not a diet that will promote long-term healthy weight loss¹ ².

Most people gain the weight back quickly and have to keep repeating fad diets like this over and over again.

Diets that become a lifestyle teach portion control, address emotional eating issues, and are not very restrictive.

My Sacred Heart Diet is a book version of the diet and retails for $19. This is an improved and healthier version of the original.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
    References
  • 1. Saris, W. H. (2001). Very‐Low‐Calorie Diets and Sustained Weight Loss. Obesity Research, 9(S11), 295S-301S.
  • 2. Apfelbaum, M., Vague, P., Ziegler, O., Hanotin, C., Thomas, F., & Leutenegger, E. (1999). Long-term maintenance of weight loss after a very-low-calorie diet: a randomized blinded trial of the efficacy and tolerability of sibutramine. The American journal of medicine, 106(2), 179-184. Link

293 Comments

  1. Maureen

    I did this soup diet, lost 12 lbs in one week. I did it to get back on track with my weight. I don’t believe there is any diet out there that will take your weight off and keep it of . you are suppose to be in control of that. it worked for me.

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  2. Carolyn

    Can you switch days like day 4 for day 5

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    • Ted

      Yes, you can.

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    • SNK68 12 months ago

      I definitely urge you not to. The sequence is like the specific mix of food intake you take. It is set to work best the way it is written.
      Trust me, I’ve done this diet many times and experienced many different ways at first, thinking what’s the difference. Those early trials taught me to stick to the program and sequence of the original diet. Also, on this wepbage it doesn’t say to add spices, curry more specifically. The spices increase your metabolism therefore it helps burning fat rather than all water.

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      • aSHLEY 12 months ago

        can you make like stir-fry’s? the day you’re supposed to eat all those tomatoes and vegetables can I make like a spaghetti sauce and have it over baked spaghetti squash? or is it best to keep it to raw veggies?

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        • SNK68 12 months ago

          aSHLEY,
          I’ve never done a stir-fry like you mentioned so I wouldn’t know. It does sound delicious though. All I know is, every time (in the first few times I did this diet) , any changes or modifications from the suggested original plan, it screwed my numbers. I call it my trial and error phase. Instead of losing the average 13 lbs after 7 days, I’d lose like only 5-6 lbs, things I changed like adding salad dressing, butter on my veggies, or skipped soup for an entire day, either added different veggies or skipped on certain ingredients and so on. My friend that recommended this diet for me years ago, gave me hell when I told her about modifying anything….lol
          She looked at me, said “here’s the ingredients needed and 7 day plan and stick to it”, I never changed anything again and my average has always been around 13 + lbs loss.
          If you do, do it, let me know how it went please?

        • Ashley 12 months ago

          When did you start noticing the weight loss? I’m on day 3 tomorrow and I’m still at the same weight. I did fry mushrooms onion asparagus broccoli colliflower and peppers tonight, no butter just Braggs seasoning which is like a soy sauce but not… and of course the soup.. it definitely filled me up because I forgot to eat the baked potato. I’m curious if I should only be eating raw vegetables though.. I can get creative to make it easier but maybe it shouldn’t be easy to get the results I want?

        • SNK68 12 months ago

          Hi Ashley,
          On day 3 you should have a minimal weight loss, between 2-3 lbs at least. You’ve done what pretty much everybody does, modifying the original to make it easier. Don’t worry, I’ve done it and many others will do it too.
          You said …
          “I can get creative to make it easier but maybe it shouldn’t be easy to get the results I want?”
          You’re absolutely right, think about your statement and what the diet goal is. This diet is saying that you can lose between 10 and 17 lbs in 7 days, if it was that easy, everyone would do it. Not giving you grief, just answering in all honesty to help you out.
          Follow the diet to the letter, anything else and you’re screwing yourself and going through a hardship for less than what you can get out of it. Meaning, let’s say you lose 6-9 lbs in 7 days but you know that had you followed the plan to a “T”, you could of lost up to 17 lbs instead?
          Which number would you prefer, considering you’re going through the same hardship but not getting the full return for it?
          I tell this to everyone because everyone (me included) have done the same thing, trying to cut corners and make it easier. You’ve added different ingredients (mushrooms, cauliflower, Braggs seasoning and stir fried it all). And didn’t eat your needed baked potato. Everything in this diet has a purpose and each day ingredients has a purpose as well. I can’t say that what you’ve done is without a doubt wrong, but what I can say is, every time that I’ve done this diet (first few times) and swayed away from the original recipe and day plan, I got screwed.
          For me getting screwed means I lost only between 6-9 lbs for 7 days of hardship. But every time I did it and stuck to it for the 7 days with original as per detailed, I lost 12 lbs to 16.5 lbs in 7 days. I’ve never reached the 17 lbs yet but it’s looking damn good this week as I am on day 2 and almost 2 lbs down. First, you lose a bit of water, clean your bowels, and burn fat on the first 3 days I would say.
          The concept of this diet is shocking your metabolism in the first few days where you go from high calorie intake to almost none. Your body goes in emergency mode sort to speak and has to get the missing calories from somewhere (body fat). If you do exercise then you will burn muscles instead of body fat.
          We all go through the same phases. People who have more to lose, will lose the biggest amount in 7 days (if they stick to it).
          I’m 5’11” and 220 lbs and in my late 40’s. My goal when I do this diet is to drop to 190 lbs in 6 weeks of resolve. I’m happy with 190 to 200 lbs. But let’s say I started/was slimmer like 200 lbs, it would be harder to drop 17 lbs than when I’m at 220 lbs. The only thing I have modified to this diet is my red meat intake on day 5 and 6, I eat only one 10 ounce steak on each day, because anymore doesn’t work for my metabolism and I lose less weight.
          I’ll write down what people will go through for you and others that might want to do this diet.

          First day: you crave for everything (especially junk food) and you notice every food commercials on tv…lol
          You need minimum of 3 large bowls of soup on first day with your low calorie fruits. Leave the scale alone!
          Day 2; You don’t really want to eat soup for breakfast and you’re feeling hungry, eat the soup and push through (at least 3 meals of soup with your veggies (green leafs best).
          The baked potato is needed for your potassium and the taste is quite welcomed. There’s a reason why you don’t eat bananas on day 2 for your potassium, because bananas have more calories than a potato. Leave the scale alone!
          Day 3: You’re questioning yourself and your resolve to lose the weight with this diet. So, eat all the fruits (low calorie no bananas) and veggies you can along with at least 3 small bowls of soup. Tomorrow gets better. Leave the scale alone!
          Day 4: Bananas and skim milk are god sent and you feel a bit better, eat at least 2 big bowls or 3 small bowls of soup even though that now you’re really starting to get fed up with the soup. Come on, you’ve got 4 days done, don’t give up and hold fast. Only 3 days to go, you can do this! Leave the scale alone!
          Day 5: YES! Steak!! Just follow up , eat at least one big bowl of soup (or two smaller bowls at different times) and enjoy your steak! Don’t forget your tomatoes! I eat 6 small tomatoes like apples during the evening, some with my steak and some after a little later. You’re 5 days in and 2 to go, so don’t you dare freaking give up at this time. It’s all downhill from now. Leave the scale alone!
          Day 6: Steak and veggies plus at least one good bowl of soup or two smaller ones in the day. Leave the scale alone !
          Day 7: Just follow the daily plan and you’re almost there. The thought of changing things feels appealing to you right now, you want to eat something different and you’re thinking how can it hurt? Don’t! This is the last day, stand fast and do exactly what you’re suppose to do, YOU HAVE TO EAT AT LEAST ONE BIG BOWL OF SOUP no matter how much you hate it about now.
          Leave the scale alone!
          Day 8: morning, ok check the scale before eating or drinking and even better after doing your morning number 2, see where you’re at and don’t binge on junk food today, eat small meals at least 3 plus 2 healthy snacks. Your body might still be burning fat on day 8 and 9, if you don’t binge so your final number should be day 9 early morning before eating and drinking anything.
          Congratulation !!! You did it!!
          If you didn’t lose between 10 lbs and 17 lbs in those 7 days, then you cheated somewhere and only cheated yourself.
          Tips: When I do this diet, the only thing in my fridge are the soup, fruits and veggies for those 7 days. Out of sight out of mind when it comes to cheating, if you don’t have it, you won’t eat it.

        • SNK68 12 months ago

          For those who took the time to read my previous long comments and this one, here’s the facts you need to know.
          This diet works, it burns body fat and you’re not just going to lose water. It also cleans your system.
          It doesn’t matter who created this diet or who denies it.
          It works, period!
          This diet or others similar to it has been used by fighters boxing/mma for when they need to cut weight for a fight on their last week before weigh ins.
          Losing that much weight before a fight is still questionable and some will say ill advised, due to lost of energy, dehydration and quick turn around the day of the fight.
          But for us common folks and our purpose, it’s quite effective.
          Let me make sure you understand one or two things.
          If you are already fit and have a low body fat percentage, losing 17 lbs is not advised or healthy. And much tougher to achieve. Meaning, if you’re a woman who’s height is 5’8″ and 125 lbs, don’t expect to lose 17 lbs to fit that little spaghetti black dress better, because you don’t need to do this diet, I’m sure you already make that dress look great at 125 lbs and honestly you could gain a few more lbs in my opinion. Like me for example, if I was 190 lbs and do this diet, I would probably lose 9-11 lbs max because my body fat would not be as high as it is at 220 lbs.
          The higher your body fat, the more you could/should lose. If you’re fit and do this diet, you will also burn muscle and less body fat, so please reconsider this before doing this diet.
          Let me be very honest with you, I absolutely hate doing this diet and even more doing it twice back to back.
          But I hate weighing 220 lbs even more, so that’s my motivation. And I love reaching my goal of 190 lbs just before the summer. But that’s me and whatever each one of us has for motivation, we probably have the same reasons and goals.
          There are variations of this diet that says you can substitute beef steaks for fish or chicken. Yes, that’s true and those two will give you as much proteins as a steak, except not the same amount of iron, which by day 5 and 6 is very needed for energy.
          Listen, the concept is quite simple and you only really need to know one thing. The more soup you eat, the more lbs you will lose. The more you cheat or divert by changing ingredients on the days, the less you will lose.
          Exercise tips, first 3-4 days keep it to a minimal like just walking and your usual activities. Starting day 5 to 7, I highly recommend walking for 45 minutes extra of your normal activities. No need for fast pace or anything extra, just a nice 45 minutes walk. It will not only burn calories, it will help with your hunger and intake of your last few soup meals. By day 5 to 7 your pot of soup should look low and just enough to finish through day 5 and 7.
          I’ve run into the issue of not having enough soup to finish my last 2 days so therefore I’ve made a bigger pot of soup to start with. Added an extra can of stewed tomatoes and just a little more of each of the ingredients so that I can have an inch or two more of water above the veggies.
          That’s how much I stick to it and follow through on the more soup I eat, the more lbs I lose. But I still hate it.
          But of course, making more soup depends on ones appetite and different individual sizes to start with.
          This works and it’s really only 7 days out of your life, so remember that whenever you feel like saying “screw it, I’m done”, it is worth doing for 7 days.
          Good luck!

        • aSHLEY 11 months ago

          here to report I only lost 9 lbs. I am going to start it again on the 27th and stick to it to a T this time. Thank you for all your input – very appreciated.

        • SNK68 11 months ago

          Hi aSHLEY,
          Congratulations on your 9 lbs loss, it’s still good.
          Now you know that this diet does work and what you need to do to get the full benefit. Be careful how you eat till the 27th, you don’t want to gain it back, especially knowing you’re doing it again in a couple of weeks.
          I am starting my second one today actually and my friends say I am a masochist for doing it twice in only 3 weeks. Third week starting today, heck I was making my batch of soup yesterday around 2 am…lol
          Keep posting your progress and results, it will help you and others on here. And feel free to ask any questions no matter how small or big. I comeback to my own posts and use them to remind me why I am doing this and it’s encouraging to read that I’m not alone suffering through this diet. I’ll start a new post as to my entire progression on doing it back to back within only 3 weeks.

  3. Jennifer

    This is not the correct recipe for the soup. DO NOT include anything chicken noodle. I’ve used this diet without the chicken noodle in the soup and had great results. This is just not the original version. Too many revisions have become permanent thanks to the Internet.

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    • SNK68 12 months ago

      The soup mix is just for taste and doesn’t affect good or bad in the end result. Meaning, you will lose the same amount of lbs with the chicken noodle soup mix than without.

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      • Lisa 12 months ago

        I want to make sure I prepare the soup correctly…..can you please tell me how much water I am to ass, the part where It say “cover with water” is that for the vegetables only and then add all the other ingredients???

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        • Lisa 12 months ago

          oh my ADD…..im sorry typing to fast!!! my apoligies

        • SNK68 12 months ago

          Hi Lisa,
          No worries about the typo, it made me laugh even though I knew what you meant…lol
          To answer your question, you put everything in your pot (all ingredients) and then you add water enough to cover everything. Yes your veggies will float but it should show at least 2 inches of water above everything.
          Me, I have to add more of everything because the original recipe is not enough as I really go for the concept of the more soup you eat, the more lbs you lose.
          Just remember, it’s suppose to be a soup and not a meal, so you must have enough liquid. Best way, look where your veggies end up before adding the water, then make a visual mark 2 inches higher than the veggies and add your water accordingly to hit that 2 inches above the veggies. Make sense?

  4. Jason

    Does it matter if the soup is blended?

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    • SNK68 12 months ago

      I wouldn’t blend it but hey if it works for you and you don’t change any ingredients, then so be it. I have to admit, I would not be able to eat that soup if blended. I like having something to chew on and those baby carrots are nice and make it feel like a meal more than a soup. But if you do it, please let us know how it worked out for you ?

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      • LB 4 weeks ago

        I love it blended. I put it in a soup cup and drink it because I hate eating food. I do not blend a lot. Just pulse it about 5 times enough to drink with small amount of chewing.

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  5. anonymous

    I have used this diet to get me “back on track” for the first week when I get “off track” with eating healthy and have found it useful for that purpose. It makes me laugh when I read things about this diet that say its bad because you will gain the weight back after you stop the diet and will have to repeat it. This is true of any diet in the world including “changing your eating habits as a lifestyle change”. Most people who make lifestyle changes have periods where they get off track (particularly during the holidays) and no matter what diet, change or lifestyle you choose, if you stop doing it you will gain the weight back. So if you’re looking for any diet that will make you lose weight and keep it off forever no matter what you do afterwards, it does not exist.

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    • Donna 10 months ago

      This is so true! I use this diet to kick start a period of healthier eating. It is pretty low carb. I usually do keto eating afterwards, but I alternate days of very few carbs with “healthy carb days”, so my hormones don’t get too grumpy. 2-3 days of keto eating, then 1-2 days of healthy carbs. It works for me. It makes me get off of processed junkfood- no white flour and sugar. The soup is a great tool for anyone trying to eat keto. You can have as much of it as you want. The soup keeps for like a week, since it doesn’t have meat. It’s cheap, healthy and delicious.

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  6. Michele

    Can I eat fruit as well on day 5 and 6? It doesn’t appeal to me to eat meat for breakfast.

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    • Ted

      The meat is there to help with getting protein while on the diet. Fruit has very little protein.

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    • Bet

      Yo can sub cheese for the meat. I have and it works.

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    • SNK68 12 months ago

      Yes you can but like Ted said, you need the meat protein and iron that comes with a beef meal. You don’t have to eat your steak for breakfast, keep it for supper. Same thing on day 6, eat your meat either at lunch or supper or both and eat fruits/veggies for breakfast.
      For the record, no I would not substitute meat protein for cheese protein. If you really dislike beef, then at least substitute it for another meat protein like chicken or fish. On day 5 and 6, you need an animal protein for your metabolism.

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  7. sultan

    where i can buy the soup

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    • Ted

      you have to make the soup yourself.

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  8. Mandi

    Can you drink natural sparkling water? Zero calorie, zero sugar, zero soduium etc

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  9. Dave

    Lost 18lb in one week
    Felt and looked great so went out on a Bing for about 2 months.
    Didn’t help
    Will start again but this time I have rejoined the gym and I’m already back to running 10 after a month training

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    • SNK68 12 months ago

      Dave, while on this diet, don’t do too much exercise as you will burn muscle more than body fat. The soup is a zero calorie intake with little protein. So while doing the 7 day diet, just include long walks, about 45 minutes. Because you don’t burn any calories till you’ve reached the 20 minutes threshold. You only start burning calories after 20 minutes.

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      • Byron Daniels 3 weeks ago

        I have

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        • Byron Daniels 3 weeks ago

          I had been doing the soup for 4 days however I’ve been going to the gym doing upper and lower body How can I adjust this I don’t want to lose the progress I’ve been making at the at the gym

  10. Sherman

    Hey Ted, I run between 1 to 2 miles before my weight training 3-5 times a week. I just started the diet, will it be ok to eat a boiled egg without the yolk in the morning along with the soup?

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    • Ted

      Hi Sherman, You really shouldn’t do this diet while engaging in heavy exercise. It doesn’t offer enough calories to support both your metabolism and exercise.

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      • SNK68 12 months ago

        Exactly hat Ted said!

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        • SNK68 12 months ago

          Exactly what Ted said.

  11. Helanna

    How do u prevent from Gaining the weight back

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  12. Charles

    Hey Ted how much of the soup can we eat on a daily basis?

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    • Ted

      I don’t believe there is a limit. Until full.

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  13. Melissa

    Which almond milk?, Unsweetened? Green leafy veggies can we eat a salad with dressing?

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Which ever milk you want to substitute for the skim milk, must have same calories, same protein and same fat intake.
      You can eat salad but no dressing. Use low sodium seasoning salt or lemon pepper.

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  14. Deep

    Can I use chicken broth instead of beef broth

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    • Ted

      yes

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Yes, just make sure it’s low fat broth.

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  15. Trina

    What can you use if you don’t eat meat?

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    • Ted

      yes, but you would have to put in a protein substitute.

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    • Sonja

      I did this diet when vegetarian. I used Yves ground beef substitute and ground chicken, as well as the veggie beef burgers on beef days..Looked for high protein low carb veggie protein options. And used miso soup for the base instead of beef or chicken broth. And onion soup mix instead of chicken noodle. It does work….

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Yes, chicken or fish, no more than 10 ounces on day 5 and no more than 12 ounces day 6. You’ll only miss on the iron from the beef.
      Oh just re read your post, I guess you could use meat substitutes that have the same protein count and calories as well.

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  16. Shannon Riley

    instead of the beef broth can I use chicken broth and also the pkg of vegetable soup mix-dry, can I use chicken soup mix-dry

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Shannon,
      Yes for the chicken broth but make sure it’s a low fat, low calorie one. Actually it’s lipton low fat chicken noodle soup pkg.

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  17. Lori

    The diet suggests eating a cup of bran or fiber. Cereal?

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      No not this diet, and I’ve been doing for years.

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  18. Bernadette

    Can I use oil and vinegar for my salads?

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    • Ted

      I don’t believe so, but you could use lemon juice, salt, pepper

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      • Bernadette

        How about ACV (apple cider vinegar)?

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        • Jennifer

          I do the ACV lemon juice and cayenne pepper in 6 oz water every morning and night whether I’m on the diet or not

    • Jennifer

      If you check out the GM diet app which is basically the same diet they say you can have any vinaigrette dressing. That’s what I used. Of course just monitor the fat and calorie content.

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      • SNK68 11 months ago

        Vinaigrette dressing is an absolute no-no if doing this specific diet.

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      No, you can’t use vinegar or oil for your salads.
      Like Ted said, lemon juice, salt and pepper, lemon pepper or low sodium seasoning salt which in my opinion is the best when combined with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

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    • Medicnomore 2 weeks ago

      I don’t know if they still have these, but the small pump bottles of low call dressing would be the ONLY thing I would consider, mainly because it’s pretty much flavored water! It’s better than nothing if you feel you have to have something. They are no calories, fat, etc

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  19. Bernadette

    Can I replace the bake potato with sweet potato?

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    • Ted

      Yes

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    • Jennifer

      Download the GM diet app. It’s a little different version of the same diet. It says you can just with no added sugar.

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  20. Bernadette

    Can I have stevia for sweetener?

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    • Ted

      Yes, that is fine.

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      • Bernadette

        Thanks I really like Stevia it the best.

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  21. Lulu Rad

    If I decide to blend the soup and not dice the vegetables will it still work the same way?

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Yes you could, but eating this soup as blended needs a good constitution, I for one could not do this diet on blended soup but if it works for you, than more power to you!
      Let us know how it went please?

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  22. Yvonne Taylor

    This diet is not too far off the normal for me, especially after fasting during our Orthodox lent for 46 days. I am following the plan to support my friend who needs and wants to lose weight. She lives alone and does not cook, so I made the soup. I was totally surprised how great it tastes! I thought it would be so bland, but it’s delicious. I know it wouldn’t be as tasty substituting vegetable broth for the beef broth, but what do you think of its implication diet plan-wise?

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      I don’t recommend vegetable broth because this soup is already made of vegetables. And as for the chicken broth vs beef broth, if they have the same calories, proteins and fat than why not. As long as your broth is low fat or fat free, you’re golden.

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  23. Noemi

    I Will try it today I am 153 lb my goal is 23 lb wish me luck

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    • James

      Good luck, are you also working out? I have found that water weight lost during cardio doesn’t come back as fast.

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      • SNK68 11 months ago

        If you’re going to work out, don’t do anything extra from day 1 through day 4. You metabolism cannot sustain it because of the low calorie and protein intake. You’ll burn muscle rather than body fat. Implement cardio exercise from day 5 through 10 , after you’ve eaten your meat proteins.

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  24. James

    Add Raspberries to your fruit day, they are at the top of the list of high fiber fruits. Each cup of raspberries contains about 8 grams of dietary fiber which is more than 1/3 of your total daily need. Raspberries also contain health promoting nutrients including vitamins C and B-complex, manganese, copper, magnesium and iron. The fiber will made you feel full longer.

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  25. Gloria Lorenzo

    Can you use honey to put in the tea? Also on the days of being able to eat vegetables can you add garlic to cook them in?

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    • Ted

      Hi Gloria, Honey would be a no and garlic would be a yes.

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  26. Debbie Todd

    On day 4 it’s says at least 3 bananas, what is ur limit?

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    • Ted

      A banana is about a hundred calories so you would want to keep this within reason.

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Like Ted said, bananas are high in calories and great source of potassium. So, just eat 3 during that day.
      1 for breakfast with a glass of milk, 1 for snack same thing with milks and another (last) one with milk. Have those in between your soup meals as snacks.

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  27. Nozipho

    please send me the diet plan

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    • Ted

      the diet plan is posted above.

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  28. Regine

    What if you don’t like bananas? What can be substituted for that?

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    • Ted

      use another piece of fruit like an apple or a peach.

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      • Cindy

        Can I drink almond milk?

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        • Ted

          You can use it in place of the skim milk and should choose a variety that has similar calories to that of skim milk.

        • SNK68 11 months ago

          If you’re going to change the skim milk for another type of milk (if you must), like soya milk, almond milk and/or any other kind of milks, you need to make sure they are the same, calorie wise, fat content wise, protein wise.
          As for the bananas, if you just dislike them but are not allergic to bananas, come on, it’s only 3 bananas out of your 7 days. Bananas at this point are a great serving of healthy calories, potassium and have a real purpose on that day of your diet, mix it with skim milk and make a shake out of it or just plainly eat them down real fast during the day, one at a time.

  29. Trina

    What if your allergic to tomatoes? Is there something you substitute? Or just eliminate it totally?
    Thanks for your help

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    • Ted

      You could put in a yellow squash.

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      • Trina

        Thanks will do that

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  30. merri johnstone

    done this diet so many times and it does work if you follow it correctly

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Agreed, being doing it myself for like 20 years now, had my share of lessons by changing things, like subtracting ingredients or swapping days. among other things Those were my trial and error days and it cost me many hardships. If you don’t follow it to a “T” and make changes, you’re only cheating yourself of the better results you could of achieved.
      This diet works best if you follow it to a “T”, period!

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  31. Prophecy7

    @Jimmie,I put the skim milk in a blender with the bananas and make a banana smoothies. That way you can’t taste the milk.

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    • Jennifer

      Yes so delicious. I’ll never get another high calorie banana shake from checkers. Freezing the bananas you use instead of using ice makes your smoothies thick and creamy.

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  32. Prophecy7

    @Kelli,did you use the Cabbage Soup? Or the Alternate Soup?

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  33. Jimmie davis

    What an you substitute skim milk for on day four of the diet? I do not like skim milk.

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    • Jennifer

      Almond milk

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      • Jennifer

        I used high protein 2% milk

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        • SNK68 11 months ago

          High protein milk or Almond milk has more calories and fat than skim milk, you need to find something closer to skim milk calorie wise, fat wise and protein wise.

  34. Kelli

    Your opinion on this topic is,weak and a lite disheartening. This is a very useful diet.I did it for a month, lost 40Lbs, cleansed my body and no, I didn’t gain it back. It’s not just Water loss…IT’S Clean Healthy eating.

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    • Ted

      Great work Kelly! I would say that you are an exception, however.

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      • Jennifer

        Any diet or cleansing program has to be maintained. If u go back to eating the same old junk food u will gain it back but this is an excellent cleanse and jump start to weight loss or even if u have a special occasion or event and need to get off a quick 10 lbs…. Eating on a daily basis has to be done in moderation. Cheat every now and then, not every day. I will be doing this once a month to continue to cleanse and maintain.

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    • Rocky

      I agree! Great results. Good healthy cleansing!

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    • Freda Cotten

      I agree with you Kelly,

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Great job Kelli, and amazing will power!
      It’s results like yours that keep inspiring me to do this diet and I’ve been doing it close to 20 years now.
      Water loss on this diet is minimal, you truly burn body fat and the more you drink, the more fat you release.

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  35. Gwenea Ervin

    I will try it Monday I no I can do it wish me luck✌✌

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Good luck Gwenea, you can do it!!
      If you need anymore information and tips, look at my news posts, that pretty much cover all the bases.

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  36. cindy

    I started this diet today it is very hard but i am giving it a try an im not cheating i will do the 7 days wish me luck

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Good luck Cindy, you can do it!!
      If you need anymore information and tips, look at my news posts, that pretty much cover all the bases.

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  37. shawn chandler

    When u eat the raw veggies can u dip it in ranch dressing

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    • Ted

      no, ranch would add a lot of extra calories.

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      • SNK68 11 months ago

        Exactly what Ted said, try and play with your spices to with the raw veggies, like low sodium seasoning salt or lemon pepper.
        You can also steam cook your green veggies unless it’s a salad. On a salad I use low sodium seasoning salt.

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  38. cassandral patterson

    why am gain weight when i start the sacred heart diet i gain 6 ponds before i dropped went from 200 to 192 restarted the second day i am up to 200 again

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    • Kelli

      If u do exactly what your instructed, you will lose weight …maybe u are dehydrated and so initially your body will keep the water.keep going..it works

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Best advice’s I can give you are, from day 1 early morning to day 8 early morning, leave your scale alone. And from what you’ve said, I think you’re not drinking enough to help evacuate your body fat.

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  39. verona Strauss

    5 years ago I followed this soup 7 days and lost 10 kg I’m under active thyroid and it was the very first time I lost after several attempts. Now with festive days gone I gained 5 and will do this fit just five days.

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Wow! 10 kg’s is 22 lbs loss, fantastic achievement! By far the biggest loss I’ve ever heard of for 7 day diet.
      Congratulations!!!

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  40. Tonia Anderson

    Starting diet today, but used a different version which added cabbage. Will let you know how it works! Also added the recipe to My Fitness Pal (app) using 1200 calorie guide line. Used before was a great detox!

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    • Tess

      What is the cabbage recipe? Does it work the same as the normal recipe with this diet?

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      • SNK68 11 months ago

        I have tried the cabbage diet myself and found this one better for me. But I do know people who tried it and stuck to that version.

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  41. Linda

    Here’s the thing with this Diet. Its a great boost to get you back on track or lose weight fast. And that’s where people mess up. Do the week,but get on a fresh fruit and vegetable low salt,low sugar, low carb change of life way of eating. Diets are temporary and that’s what we seem to forget…

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    • Dior87

      I agree… Its nothing but a jumpstart to motivate you to lose weight and keep going…and trust me… 10 pounds in a week was alot of motivation for me. I did the cabbage soup diet. They are all the same. But i do it for a week then off for two weeks… Maintaining well!!!

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Yes, diets like this is great for immediate self gratification and a boost to eat better and start exercising more here and there.
      If losing between 10 and 17+ lbs in 7 days is not a booster to lose more and lead a better life style, then nothing is.

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  42. Jennifer

    I am going to weigh in and start tomorrow

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      What were your final results?

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  43. susan

    I actually did this diet and it worked great! I lost a total of 19pds. I was shocked!!! But i was also exersising everyday. Ready to go for it again!!

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Wow! Well done susan, great job! Make sure you give yourself a week in between doing two 7 day diets back to back.

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  44. Rocky

    I am currently trying this diet. It is very hard to be on a diet as I love my sweets. I am doing it to detox. I am not sure how much weight I have lost yet.

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  45. D

    Im back

    I did it for a 2nd time and Bang !!!……12 lbs again.

    After being off the diet for 1 week and really watching what I eat, I only managed to gain 1lb.

    This diet works, you feel lighter and more energetic. I will try it one more time until I (hopefully) reach my goal……then it’s join the gym and start my muscle building workout program.

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      Congrats, well done!

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  46. ron smith

    try this one

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  47. D

    I tried it just before the holiday……followed it To The Tee and lost 12lbs in 1 week. I knew I would gain majority of the weight back fast because WE EAT over the Christmas holiday.

    I’m ready to give it another go again then continue with just watching what I eat over all.

    It worked for me people

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  48. Pamela H

    This diet is not PHONY!!!!! I have used it many times and love it, once you have lost the desired weight you wish then you simply eat healthy foods to keep your weight off!!!! It is great for detoxing the body, and followed right you can shed alot of unwanted weight.

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  49. Rajesh

    Nice diet tips for diet after heart attack.

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  50. Jackie

    Hi I just want to make the soup…I won’t follow the diet…I eat all food groups .

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    • Ted

      Cool, let us know how you like it.

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      • TAPS's

        Awesome jump start diet, I lost 50 lbs 1 week on this, then low calorie portion control in between, then on another week on this diet again with lots of exercise! You can do it!

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        • denise

          50lbs in 1 week?

        • Ted

          Obviously not true….

        • liz

          No they said 1 week on the diet and another week low calorie and then again…..eventually 50 lbs. Not in one week

        • SNK68 11 months ago

          Losing 50 lbs in 7 days is a physical impossibility thing to do, I think he either made a typo or cut off a limb.

      • SNK68 11 months ago

        If so, then you’re going through a hardship for nothing.
        The chronology of this diet and it’s ingredients on specific days is what makes it a success.

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    • SNK68 11 months ago

      If so, then you’re going through a hardship for nothing.
      The chronology of this diet and it’s ingredients on specific days is what makes it a success.

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      • Leah 1 month ago

        Hello, I’ve been looking through the comments! Has anyone experienced stomach pain. I’m on day 3 and my stomach hurts. I have been eating the soup according to the recipe. And I have not cheated at all, I want to follow through since I have already started! Any reason why? Most of the feedback looks positive, am I maybe doing something wrong?

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        • Nicole 1 month ago

          I got sick as well, and had no energy, I had to stop.. i wanted to start back I at a stand still with my weight

        • Medicnomore 2 weeks ago

          This recipe is different than the one I’ve always had, in that mine calls for an entire had of cabbage, cut up. This is what helps with some of the water weight, as well as cleaning out your gut.That was actually suspected to be a large portion of the weight loss number, since so many have problems with constipation, for many reasons. If you aren’t accustomed to eating as many veggies, especially tomatoes, it may just be that you are having gas pains. There is nothing that says that you can’t take something to help with that.
          Also, just tell you a couple of things that I do that does Not change anything. I use butter flavored flakes, as well as butter flavored must (found near regular butters in store), for veggies, potatoes, etc. And Truvia for fruits if needed. Good Luck!

        • Linda N. 1 week ago

          Leah, I’m curious if you ended up going through with it, or you quit? I too had some stomach pain, but day three was my “cleanse” day and after that I did feel so much better and had so much more energy. My cravings stopped and I just feel better! I am on day 5 so don’t know my results yet, but I love all this feedback and positive input! It helps to hear what you can and can’t do from people with experience with the diet. Hope you got through it. I have SEVERAL pounds to lose, I have arthritis and I know I am a heart risk, so this is SO important to me, as life can be short! Good luck to you,

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