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Lose 33 pounds in 15 Days With Cardiac Diet for Weight Loss

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Cardiac diet plan can help you lose up to 2-7 pounds in 5 days or 22-33 pounds in 15 days.

Foods in this diet plan are rich in vitamins and minerals, so the founders claim that you won’t have a feeling of weakness or exhaustion.

Which is very unlikely.

At first, it may seem similar to citrus diet, but it’s not.

Although very similar, these two diets differ in some details so it’s important to treat them separately.

If your goal is to lose just a few pounds then repeat this 5-day meal plan cycle up to 3 times, for a maximum of 15 consecutive days.

On the other hand, if your goal is to lose more than 7 pounds then between every 3 cycles have 15 days of break.

In other words, 15 days diet, 15 days rest, then repeat.

Cardiac or medical diet is a term for a heart-healthy diet. It was given due to the fact that similar diet plans are applied to patients with heart problems, who need to lose weight before surgery without losing their strength.

Please note, this is an unofficial diet. If you have heart problems, please see a cardiologist!

Why this diet works

This diet is considered to be very restrictive since it’s low in calories, which is in the short run effective for rapid weight loss.

The negative side is that if you don’t stick with healthy eating habits afterward, the weight will come back. This is also known as the yo-yo effect.

Cardiac diet meal plans are based on eating lots of nutrient-rich foods such as whole grains, fruits and veggies, fish and lean poultry. While trans fats, saturated fats, sugar and excess sodium should be avoided.

Here is an example of a 5-day meal plan:



  • 1 orange
  • 4 crackers
  • 1 cup of coffee or tea (without sugar)


  • 1 orange
  • 1 boiled egg
  • 1/2 cups of yogurt


  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 1 cucumber or 1/2 of lettuce salad



  • 1 orange
  • 4 crackers
  • 1 cup of coffee or sugar-free tea


  • 1 orange
  • 1 boiled egg
  • 1/2 cup of yogurt


  • 1 Burger (125 g of minced meat)
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tomato
  • 4 crackers
  • 1 cup of coffee or sugar-free tea



  • 1 orange
  • 4 crackers
  • 1 cup of coffee or sugar-free tea


  • 1 orange
  • 1 boiled egg
  • 1/2 cup of yogurt
  • 1 lettuce salad or 2 cucumbers
  • any sugar-free drink (avoid soda and diet cokes)


  • 1 burger (125 g of minced beef meat)
  • 1 orange
  • 4 crackers
  • 1 cup of coffee or sugar-free tea



  • 1 orange
  • 4 crackers
  • 1 cup of coffee or sugar-free tea


  • 125 g of non-fat cheese
  • 1 tomato
  • 4 crackers


  • 1 burger (125 g of minced beef meat)
  • 4 crackers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 apple



  • 1 orange
  • 4 crackers
  • 1 cup of coffee or sugar-free tea


  • 200 g of fish or chicken
  • 4 crackers
  • 1 tomato


  • 500 g of cooked vegetables
  • 1 boiled egg
  • 1 tomato

Additional notes

  • Meat and cooked vegetables can be lightly seasoned with whichever herb or spice you like
  • Meat should be baked on a teflon pan to reduce the need for additional fat
  • You can replace fresh tomatoes with cooked ones
  • Never skip meals
  • Hydrate your body by drinking a lot of water- strive for 2-3 liters per day.
  • The listed foods should be consumed in the specified quantities and order

Heart-healthy foods

Here are a few additional foods that are good for your heart and weight loss.


  1. Arugula
  2. Broccoli
  3. Bell peppers
  4. Carrots
  5. Bok choy
  6. Spinach
  7. Asparagus
  8. Tomato
  9. Cauliflower

Soluble fiber:

  1. Oats
  2. Beans
  3. Ground flaxseed
  4. Berries

Omega 3 fatty acids:

  1. Sardines
  2. Salmon
  3. Herring
  4. Tuna
  5. Hemp Seeds
  6. Ground flaxseed
  7. Chia seeds
  8. Walnuts

Side effects

Because the meal plans are low in calories it’s very common to feel hungry and lack of energy.

If you are switching from high-carb diet then headache is a possible side effect as well.

What people say – cardiac diet reviews

People got mixed results.

Some claimed that they lost over 10 pounds in 15 days while others give up claiming not to have enough strength to overcome hunger cravings.

Let me be absolutely clear, this diet plan doesn’t replace professional advice from your cardiologist. If you have heart problems then please consult a cardiologist.

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  1. Ella Combs says:

    I have done this for 21 days straight, and I don’t call it a diet its more of a reality check to myself on just how many calories are in everything that I was eating and drinking daily. First week I lost 11.5 lbs it works and it take discipline. The first 3 days was the hardest I did feel tired and grumpy but watching the weight come off was encouragement! I started to fill more energy over the next few weeks. What I gained is an awareness, with only one slip up after day 20 I drank a Pepsi it was too sweet to finish. I also have been drinking some apple cider vinegar with mother in it I add it to hot tea and sip. It helps you feel fuller and gives boost of energy. I took a week off of this and ate healthy foods for a week lots of veggies( some cooked some raw) salads w homemade dressings( vinegar and dash of oil and spices like garlic and cayenne pepper) and found myself wanting to go back to bad habit eating so I had a talk with myself, reminding myself why its so important to eat good foods and drink water daily. I want to be healthy for my kids ,so many people I know have died young from heart disease and diabetes. I’m back on track. If you slip up don’t give up ! just get focused again on the reasons why you are doing it. Don’t look at it as a restricted diet look at it as a life change to what you and eating and drinking every day.

    1. Kimberly Smith says:

      Thank you. Very motivating.

    2. Evelyn Hagan says:

      My name isEvelyn. I want to become healthy . I have tried lots of diets. None of them works for me. I live on a fixed income and couldn’t afford to pay for the menus that said you would have to have.. I want to see my grandchildren grow up. I’m morbidly obese I weight 205 lbs , 67 years old, and want to make a change for a better life.

      1. Evelyn, I hope you took that step to a healthier you. I plan to start my journey to a healthier me on Monday, July 30th 2018. Not a diet, a healthier me.
        I want to share this with you. …I just returned from Omaha, Nebraska. I joined my family there to bury my nephews 36yr old wife. It brings tears to my eyes sharing this story. She died of a Pulmonary Embolism. ..
        Sedentary lifestyle. …My grieving 38yr old nephew has a 4yr old, 6yr old, 12yr old, 14 yr, and a 18 yr college student who grieves the loss of their mom. I can say more, but I hope you understand the importance of living health.
        Walk out this healthier lifestyle. ..I’m sure you want to live. Let life be your motivation.
        Be blessed Evelyn, you can and will do this.

    3. Very encouraging. Thank you

      1. what kind of crackers?

    4. I’m on day 1. It has been pretty easy because my husband is doing it with me. The only real problem I have is I don’t like eggs.

      1. I don’t care for eggs either. did you or can you substitute for anything else?

      2. Try Tuna instead, or chicken you need to have protein

      3. I don’t eat tomatoes, raw or cooked. What can I use as a substitute?

      4. Antonia Govan says:

        I want to lost weight an eat healthy to see my grandchildren grow up.

    5. Christina says:

      How much did you end up losing in the 15 days?

    6. thanks for your words, really encouraging!! i really needed to hear this! will try this diet soon and i wont give up!

    7. How many pounds altogether did you lose after 21 days?

    8. Stella Winfield says:

      Hi! I’m Stella W. and started this diet this week. My 1st day was really good and no hunger pains at all. I just need to keep on track n need to use just smaller tomatoes n or just half of 1 n same with the cucumber. But the ground beef/mince meat/ is still to come.

      1. Barbara Crawford says:

        G measurment = ?

    9. I just completed this diet, today is my 5th day and so far, I’ve lost 10 pounds. Can’t wait to see what my weight will be tomorrow. I’m going to take a break this weekend and start afresh again on Monday.

      1. If you don’t mind me asking how much you weigh? I weigh 211 I’m 5’ 3” I need to loose 6lbs in a week trying to see if this is a good option to do

      2. Exactly what type of crackers are everyone using??

    10. Hi did you exercise Im planning to start this diet tomorrow.Ive been eating sugar and fast food emotional eating.

      1. Sorry for just responding Shannon, but no, I didn’t exercise. I lost 20 pounds in total in 15 days. I did the diet Monday through Friday, then ate junk on the weekends.
        I stopped after I lost 20lbs and haven’t gained it back or lost any weight since then. I’m about to embark on it again.

    11. Jo Ann Roberts says:

      This is the way I feel,,Iam 56 and weigh 180lbs and not happy the way I look and yes I have 3 children ages12,12.and 9 which I adopted and I do need to be around fpr them. I smoked for 40 years and quit 18 months ago and I feel better but now all I do is drink cocoacola all day and eat nothing until after 6pm and then it,s junk up until bed. I am miserable…JoAnn

    12. What size orange do we eat?

    13. Very helpful and motivating. Thank you!

    14. Great advice and attitude for life.
      Thank you, much needed!

      1. Should the yogurt be plain yogurt?

    15. Keyuana Gray says:

      What kind of yogurt were you eating?

    16. I want to do for my son ,my husband left me because of my weight.indeed your motivation.

    17. Thanks, I know this will be hard, but I really need to get this weight off . And I think , for me it takes something strict to get the sugar and soda out of my system !! I need to start eating healthy, I’m ready !

    18. Sherri Hawley says:

      Very true .. Be truthful and deeply honest With yourself..about yourself..for becoming at peace with yourself. This is what your focal point should be to sustain the pitfalls of the transition in food choices.

    19. How much did you lose total. 11 q/2 first week is great!

    20. What kind of yogurt and crackers?

    21. Very very helpful!!!

    22. Elizabeth Harris says:

      I’m in uk what is mother you put in cider vinegar By the why you have inspired me to get at it

  2. Tina Robinson says:

    Is this safe for type 2 diabetic

    1. I’m game. I am going to give it a shot. My heart is already bad, tachycardia, angina. What can it hurt ? I know it’s going to take discipline. It’s going to be hard. I also have Type 2 diabetes. My weight is at its highest. I’m miserable. Tomorrow I will begin my first day. I sure am looking for a life change. 🙂

    2. C.Rovniak RN says:

      Absolutely NOT! Make an appt with a diabetic educator/registered dietician.

      1. Completely don’t do this if you have diabetes, especially if you’re at the point of insulin. Please talk to your doctor about other weight loss treatment options and work a diet plan. It’s very dangerous to have very low blood sugar levels when you are on insulin, and very possible for you to become hypoglycemic.

    3. No, this ridiculous “diet” is not safe for anyone, much less diabetics!
      The type of crackers are not specified.
      Breakfast is a high glycemic load, absent of protein.
      I seriously doubt any cardiologist approved of this eating plan.
      A portion of a good fats is required with each meal.
      Fat is not the enemy. 3oz of good protien is needed for each meal.
      Please research healthy lifestyle and eating changes. Then take a healthy first step, that will change horrible eating habits.
      People lose weight because this is an unhealthy starvation diet.

  3. Can you replace the tomatoes and yogurt with something else?

    1. You can replace the tomatoes with red bell pepper. Not sure about the yogurt

  4. Hollyn Nelson says:

    what can i substation the eggs for?

    1. Read this article: THREE DAY MILITARY DIET. It has substitutions for several things that you might not like. I found it on Pinterest. It works!

  5. What can you substitute the eggs with and the tomato? Ugh I cannot eat them this way.

  6. I’m also interested in what can be substituted for eggs in this diet I have an allergy to them, and can chicken be used instead of beef not abhuge beef eater.

  7. Charlotte Dillard says:

    I have been over weight for47 years. I’ve lost weight just to gain it back. I’ve learned something though. Most women can’t fill their plates the way a man fills his,unless she knows how to eat from it. 1 bite of ea. thing, 2 or 3 drinks of water and you are done. Hungry but done. Well I ate until I was full then dessert. Well my highest weight was about 10 yrs. ago 231 lbs. I’m just short of that now at 217 lbs. I will start this diet April 13,2018 Wish me luck.I am 74 yrs. Old. I don’t want to lose but 60 lbs. I don’t want to have skin hanging every where,but I will be doing exercises to help me there. This diet sounds like a winner to me.

  8. Chaunette Snow says:

    This sounds great for me to try since I’ve tried everything else. What do I have to lose? Am I to eat the same things consecutively for two weeks?

  9. I have just finished the first five days of this diet and have lost 9lbs so far,my husband has lost 6lbs.It is so easy to follow,and we are going to continue with it.

    1. Jen, what kind of crackers and yogurt did you use??

    2. I used Oikos yogurt and saltine crackers.

      1. Hi Jen…just wondering if you were still having success with this diet.

  10. Hi my name is khellan I was 105kg before 7 months .now lam 74kg Idid most deit ,all of them are good.Now I want do this diet I think it’s make me burn fat and be 67kg ensha’allah.

    1. Please share with us your deit plan as am in my weightloss journey i have lost 20kgs in 4.5 months hope you share your deit plan

    2. Mt saadah says:

      Wowwww Masha Allah can u pls tell me wich duet worked 4 u am 89kh I want to loose 25 kg in Sha Allah but is almost impossible

  11. Delee Blair says:

    Is there anything to subistute the yogurt with? I do not like any kind of yogurt.

    Thank you

  12. Mildred Peters says:

    I am thinking about trying this but I have a few questions. What kind of crackers do you use and what kind of non fat cheese to use

    1. I used skim milk string cheese and saltine crackers

  13. Can you put non dairy creamer in your cup of coffee? And if you can some have like 5 grams of sugar. Is that ok?

  14. Whqt kind of crackers and yogurt?

  15. Hi !
    What kind of yogurt should we use?
    How long can you do this for?
    Thank you for any information!

  16. What kind of crackers are suggested???

  17. I just wanted to say that this is my 3rd day on this diet and I’ve felt amazing. No stomach aches…no hunger and to top it off I’ve noticed -7.8lbs on the scale. So excited to see what these next 13 days will show me. Try it…you have nothing to loose but the excess unhealthy weight.

  18. I just completed my 4 day on this diet. I have lost about 9lbs. I feel great and I space my food out. I also add a premier protein drink each day (1. because I don’t do the yogurt) and to ensure that I have some substance in my system since this diet plan is limited on calories. The crackers that I use are ak-mak (sesame crackers with whole wheat flour.) I will see how my first weekend goes!!!

    1. Christina says:

      So the shake takes place of the yogurt and your still losing?

    2. Congratulations Wendy….How’s it going now almost 3 months later?

  19. What type of crackers ? Saltine?

  20. Brooke Morris says:

    Can I replace the tomatoes with steamed broccoli and the burgers with chicken? Also i dont care for coffe or tea so is caffeine required?

  21. Hello my name is Naima
    What can you substitute crackers with please respond back thanks a lot.

  22. Could I use sugar free coffee creamer? Should I go to the gym while doing this diet? For the burger could I just get a protein burger (salad wrap instead of buns) ?

    1. Does anyone still answer this blog

    2. Gym would be a bad idea, especially if you would push yourself. The calories per day are too low.

    3. My guess would be you should not be eating a bun at all

  23. Hi ! I don’t eat meat nor poultry. Can I substitute the burger with fish, salmon or tuna? Can I put Splenda in my coffee ? I don’t like black coffee. Thank you

  24. What can the burger be replaced with since I do not eat red meat and on a rare occasion chicken?

  25. Hello,

    I want to try you diet but am allergic to Tomatoes, want vegetable can i substitute in it’s place. I’m also a diabetic.

    Thanka for you help in advance.

  26. Stella Winfield says:

    I am on day 4 and I had a late lunch of crab salad with 4 crackers n did my meal for supper as requested. I found the 2 tomatoes to b too much. I only had 1/2 of 1 and same with the Apple; only did 1/2. I will have the other halves for a snack if I get hungry! I don’t have a scale, but am going to the dr on Friday. Bkfst has always been my biggest meal n I do miss that. I am just under 200 lbs. n hoping this works.

  27. Sarah Simpson says:

    I am starting my 3rd week on this diet. I have gained 35 lbs in the last 2 years and have been working to lose it. I attempted several diets such as egg fast, Keto and Atkins to no avail. I even got a personal trainer and worked out for 3 months but the number on the scale did not budge a single digit (no, there was no muscle gain/definition or any difference in the way I looked). I have only lost 6 lbs in 2 weeks, but it is definitely more than I have in the last 7 months. I have not felt hungry or weak. I did get a headache one day when I skipped a tomato at lunch (ran out). The headache went away an hour after I ate the dinner portion of tomatoes.
    I am pretty sure I’ll gain it back soon as I get off the diet but this has given me hope to continue my attempts.

  28. It says 15 days on and 15 days break. It gives a 5 day meal plan. What’s the meal plan for the other 10 days. Do you start over with the day 1 meal plan?

  29. I’m going to give this a try but have a couple of questions.
    1. They say two tomatoes and two cucumbera. Is there a certain size tomato and cucumber?

  30. Also, what is considered minced burger?

    1. Roseanna Garcia says:

      Is the burger plain? No bread , cheese. Or condoments?

  31. What could I replace the egg with? I do not like eggs so what can I replace this with?

  32. I’m 5’4 157 pounds, trying to get down to 115 so u can be in shape for the fire academy and CPAT. I’ll probably grab the stuff tonight and get started tomorrow and do it for the next 15 days. I’ll update asap

  33. Gioconda Pitti says:

    Hi Mia! I really what to try this diet and loos that extra weight! I have readed all the program of mealts, and I have a question: when you say burger for the dinner, you mean is only the meat, or it includes all as a traditional burger (bread and vegetables). Thanks in advance! 😃

  34. Hey Mia! m about to start this diet. I don’t like eggs, what can I substitute with?

  35. The diet has 5 day plan what do you do for the other 2 days?

  36. Today will be my first day. I am doing this because my sister has done this. So here I go.

  37. Hi Mia im Thabz from South Africa.I saw this diet while surfing the internet looking for a diet that will help me loose weight quicker.I found it very interesting and started with it immediately.Im on my 3rd day and im still feeling strong though i had headeaches on my 1st and 3rd day but it disappered ones i start eating.Im looking foward to the end of it how much i would have lost,planning to do it until i reach my goal.Im now 90kg and my goal weight is 70kg.

  38. Hi I want to do this diet but I wonder when you say burgers does it mean burger with bread and vigitables or just the meat?

    1. Hi Rania,
      Just the meat.

  39. I want to start this diet but I don’t eat tomato. Is there a substitute?

  40. I Just saw this diet and starting tomorrow, my biggest fear is being hungry the first 2 days, my weight gain is because i eat when I’m bored and late at night, i hope i can see results at the end of this week, glad i saw these comments.

  41. Hello! I’ve been currently eating healthier for about a month now lost 15 pounds. Would like to loose a chunk faster, then rotate going back to what I’ve been doing.

    I’m wondering does anyone know a good substitute for tomatoes? There’s only a few things I don’t like and that’s one of them unfortunately. 😬

  42. Geri Goodrich says:

    I don’t eat yogurt. What can I exchange it for?

  43. Just finished this 5 day diet and have lost 7 lbs!!! Going to do it again next week! Not too difficult to stick with. Chopped eggs, tomato, and cucumber onto my salad and even cheated with a bit of low-fat ranch dressing each time! You must drink plenty of water. I didn’t experience any headaches, lack of energy, or tiredness during the week. Not starving is a real plus for me!

  44. I plan to begin this adventure tomorrow. I’m nervous about the breakfast and lunch. I’m used to eating a good breakfast and lunch so this first is a bit light on those meals. I too am wondering about a few substitutions as well. The burger is okay, but it’s quite repetitive. Okay to replace with chicken you think?

  45. Hi, I would like to try this diet i have a caffeine allergy so I wonder what I could substitute that with and what kind of crackers are they the mini crackers or regular crackers are they white or whole wheat. The burger suppose to be eaten with a bun or without. What if I dont want beef can chicken be a substitute? Is the vegetable list in addition to what’s on the dinner list or instead of tomatoes and cucumbers are they another substitute? Please clear this up for me. Thank you for your help

  46. What kind of crackers and what kind of yogurt?

  47. What kind of apples? I need more specifics.

  48. I don’t know how women are loosing 15 lbs in 1 week, I have been following this diet to a T and going to the gym and I have only lost 1 lbs…I’m stumped at how this is working for most. Please help me….Kathie xo

  49. Jessica L Lorance says:

    What if you hate tomatoes cooked or raw. Is there a substitute? Also, some people are lactose intolerant and can’t eat yogurt. Any other suggestions?

  50. Springhill says:

    Today is day 11. I have followed this word for word…and I am walking 2 to 4 miles daily. I have lost 6 pounds only. Think i can lose 26 more pounds in just 4 more days? 😖 Not. But I do feel somewhat healthier…and am looking for a better eating plan. Something plant based I think.

  51. Monseratt says:

    Going to start today …I will give a review everyday of my journey …Monserrat….

  52. What kind of crackers???

  53. What if someone had smaller appetite and cannot eat all of the dinner menu?

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