KIRSTIN SAYS: Put Me On The Chilean Miner Diet — Some Of Those Guys Lost 20+ Pounds!

Thu, October 14, 2010 4:58pm EDT by 11 Comments
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There’s nothing like being stuck underground for two months to inspire drastic weight loss…this could be the best diet plan ever!

When the Chilean miners got stuck more than half a mile underground, the last thing they were probably concerned about was their waist line — but when their escape plan was devised and they had to fit into a miniature capsule to be freed from the depth of the earth, their weight suddenly became critical. With the help of NASA, the men were put on a strict diet to ensure their waists weren’t bigger than 35.4 inches, and many of them even lost 20+ pounds. Talk about a successful weight loss program!

For the first 17 days of their more than two-month long stint, the guys rationed themselves on two spoonfuls of tuna, a half a cookie and a half-full glass of milk every 48 hours. That part sounds about as fun as a cayenne pepper and lemon juice cleanse on top of the earth…can you imagine how hungry you’d be?

After they were discovered and people were able to send help, the 33 men were fed hydration gel, soup and medication. Also, not ideal, but much better than the 48 hour ration.

Things started to look up for these poor guys when doctors decided to reintroduce their bodies to solids. At that point, they were kept on a strict 2,200 calorie a day diet that included meat and rice. The menu plan was designed to help them drop excess pounds and keep them from getting sick during the 45 minute bumpy ride up in the capsule Oct. 13.

The special diet worked so well that all 33 miners were in better physical health when they came up than when they got stuck in Aug. Not one of the men had lost any muscle weight — it was only fat — and everyone’s protein levels had increased!

After hearing about their weight loss success, I’m ready to try out the diet myself. Forget The Biggest Loser — all I need is two months underground to drop those extra pounds.

On second thought, perhaps I should just drag my lazy self to the gym…that’s probably a better idea.

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cutegirlforever

Posted at 11:55 PM on October 14, 2010  

Everyone needs to lighten up. This is a story that needs a little lightheartedness. We can’t stay serious all of the time

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Rainey

Posted at 8:58 PM on October 14, 2010  

this is hilarious. i thought the one about how to be a chilean miner for halloween was funny also! ps – that does not mean i am cold hearted and don’t care about the miners.

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josie

Posted at 8:55 PM on October 14, 2010  

I don’t think the writer meant anything offensive by this piece. It’s interesting to hear what they ate while they were down there, and I appreciate hearing the details with a fun spin. I know that this was a tragedy as we all lived it through the news. I watched the rescue too and I’m grateful all of the miners made it out okay. I take no offense in this article and I think it’s too bad you all take yourselves so seriously. Lighten up people.

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scarla

Posted at 9:40 PM on October 14, 2010  

Bonnie Fuller is the editor here, so ultimately this story was her decision, but there’s no denying that this piece is in bad taste. The silliest of celebrity gossip is treated with the utmost seriousness here (i.e. Bristol Pailin surviving another week on Dancing With The Stars), but the Chilean miner rescue is treated in comic fashion….Cringe-worthy.

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Rainey

Posted at 11:06 PM on October 14, 2010  

oh puleeeze

 
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Disappointed

Posted at 7:56 PM on October 14, 2010  

Wow, really ??? As a proud Chilean and human being I find this to be extremely offensive. This is something that should never be looked at lightly; I’m extremely disappointed in the writer. If this was a reputable gossip site someone would have lost their job in a heart beat over this post!!!

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JjSparrow

Posted at 7:24 PM on October 14, 2010  

Thankfully, they all survived. Would you have done this same “parody” had some of them passed away? Clearly no amount of weight loss would make you or this attempt at humor any less disgusting.

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Joanne

Posted at 6:41 PM on October 14, 2010  

Wow, Kirstin, I understand that this was a joke, but how totally completely inappropriate. This is a tragedy and then thankfully a miracle, not a time to comment on their weight. Do you think this is appropriate if teenagers are reading?

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Guest

Posted at 6:03 PM on October 14, 2010  

Maybe you should just learn a bit of self-control and eat healthier instead of using a near-tragedy that affected so many families to complain about your weight

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gimmeabreak

Posted at 6:18 PM on October 14, 2010  

Maybe YOU (Guest) should get a sense of humor.

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kassi

Posted at 5:52 PM on October 14, 2010  

How rude and disrespectful for the men and families that have been suffering for the last 69 days! These men were fighting for thier lives and all youre concered about is the weight they lossed.

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