Turning a Prisoner's Diet into Healthy Living

Last month, Amnesty International (search) turned America's attention to the prisoner facility on Guantanamo Bay (search ), Cuba, and the alleged mistreatment of detainees there.

Much debate has accompanied the human rights group's claims, but one place where the charges may be proved undeniably false is the kitchen.

As members of the media who are often chained to our desks and forced to eat meals while sitting in front of our computers, convenience is a major factor in determining what we eat. Meals typically involve a vending machine.

It is perhaps not entirely accurate to say that while sitting in our seats one recent day, our stomachs spoke to us while watching a press conference in which the Guantanamo prisoners' meals not only were described, but also shown in their full glory. The photo opportunity elicited chatter that planted a seed that slowly germinated into a full-on project.

Click here to listen to Shana and Sharon discuss the genesis of their diet

Compounded by an almost humorless joke recited by a co-worker that the Gitmo Diet (search ) is "the South Beach diet with a helping of whoopass," we started talking about the meal plan and decided to see what the fuss was all about ... to learn in fact, how well the detainees at the island prison are eating. We had heard, after all, that the prisoners had gained an average of five to seven pounds in the last year.

Armed with the two-week meal cycle, which can be found on Tony Snow's Web page, we decided to follow the diet, staple for staple, and see what happens.

We may gain weight if we eat everything on the diet, which averages 2,684 calories per day. We may lose weight, considering we're both making radical and healthy changes to our current snacking patterns. After all, the diet offers very little refined sugar or processed white flour.

Whatever happens, we're here to talk about it, including our starting and ending weights, sizes and body fat percentages.

News of the experiment has been received with surprise and a little sympathy. We'll let you know if it deserves that.

We have not set about with anything to prove per se, except to ourselves, specifically that we have the discipline to eat as least as well as imprisoned terror suspects. We certainly want to follow the prisoners' meal plans but do not want to simulate their conditions there. But we are curious to see what happens and hope you're interested in following our progress.

Check back daily for Gitmo Diet updates in the FOX BLOGS section near the bottom of the FOXNews.com home page.

Shana Pearlman is a producer for FOX News Radio's Tony Snow Show and can be reached at shana.pearlman@foxnews.com. Sharon Kehnemui Liss is the politics editor for FOXNews.com and can be reached at sharon.liss@foxnews.com.