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Korean Diet Trends

August 21, 2014

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We talked for a bit about different Korean Diet Trends, and mentioned a few people in the Kpop industry that have rather interesting diet stories. Here are a few more:

Hyuna

Hyuna is famous now for, among other things, her body, but supposedly when she was a teenager, she was quite chubby, and when she told people that she wanted to be a dancer – even though she was a great dancer – people didn’t take her seriously. The diet she went on is one I heard of before; Alton Brown did it, I think. The Non-White diet. Basically, don’t eat anything white. No rice, no flour, no sugar, no bread. Makes total sense! It’s basically like a low-carb diet, which is what we did to lose a lot of weight in Korea. Though, cauliflower should not be on the non-white list. It’s really healthy and delicious. Here’s a Korean article for more reading.

IU

IU is, by our standards, skinny as hell. But even she had to go for a crazy diet. Hers was the sweet potato diet, but a little bit better than that. She supposedly just ate one sweet potato and one apple per day. That’s it. She’d lose 4kg in 4 days. So, sure, it’s effective, but it just sounds terribly unhealthy. With the amount of active dancing kpop Idols do, they need way more energy than that to survive the day. More on it in Korean, because we’re being all

Uee (from After School)

Her diet is called the 1000kcal diet. Basically, it doesn’t really matter what you eat
as long as your daily total is less than 1000kcal. She said she would mostly eat salad the whole day to keep full but she said when she craved something, she did eat it as long as she was under 1000kcal by the end of the day. So you best not waste all your eating options for the day by having something really junky or else you won’t eat for the rest of day! I actually know this diet concept because my mom and I used Weight Watchers (which is a diet program) to successfully lose weight. The difference is that you had weekly meetings, weigh-ins, and a health guide that you had to follow to ensure healthy weight loss and all that was combined with an exercise regime. I don’t know if Yui had a weight loss mentor or a doctor to check her using weigh-ins, but I seriously doubt it. But from the example picture I saw of her meals they seemed pretty well balanced with meat and vegetables so that made me happy!

Park Boram (from Superstar K)

A lot of K-pop fans may not have heard of her unless you watched Superstar K. At the time she was considered to be chubby but under the Korean beauty standard, she was considered fat. While preparing for her debut, she lost 70lbs (32kg) over 2 years. She did so by doing lots of exercise but at the same time, she said she would only eat salad and a health drink, but majority of the time eggs or a banana was her meal. She released a picture of her strict diet routine online and it’s actually a pretty legit and healthy way for someone to loose weight when combined with exercise:

8:00am – 1 tomato, 1 sweet potato (120-150g), 1 chicken breast (100g roasted or boiled), salad (with cabbage, cucumber, without dressing)
10:00am – workout
12:00pm – chicken breast salad, a diet drink (with nutrients/dietary fiber/vitamins)
3:00pm – 1 banana, 3 egg whites, 1 egg yolk
5:00pm – 1 sweet potato, 1 chicken breast, vegetables
9:00pm – 1 banana, 2 egg whites, 1 egg yolk, 3 walnuts

We’re really happy to see an actually healthy diet and not just a crash course diet! More pics below!

Suzy

We hinted at this in our video, but not everyone’s doing crazy diets. Some exercise, like Park Boram above. Suzy from Miss A loses arm fat through a penguin exercise, which we linked to here, just because of the awesome video, which – hell – let’s embed here as well.

Also, not really related to the video above, but for those of you who played Wind Waker: anyone remember the dialogue being this mean?

So that’s it for this week’s TL;DR. We won’t be able to put up a TL;DR next week because we’re all going on our road trip and we’ll be out of the studio from Sunday to Saturday, but we’ll have one the week afterwards! Click on the button below so you don’t miss out on any vids :D

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  1. Aaaahahaha, why did you name Link “Asshole”??! xD

    Anyway, I talked to a Greek girl once through Twitter, and she had been away for a while so I asked her why. Apparently she had been to the hospital a couple of days because she tried the “apple diet”, which means she only ate apples and I was like “Why did you do that?? Apples doesn’t have all the nutrition you need!” and made her promise me she’d never do it again. So I hope she haven’t, I haven’t spoken to her for some years now.

    2 years ago
  2. The best way to lose weight is to find out how many calories you’re supposed to eat in a day and then subtract 500-1000 calories from your diet. That way, with exercise, you’ll lose 1-2 lbs a week.
    But most people don’t do that because it’s not fast enough! If anyone should have a healthy diet, it’s the superstars because they have so many young people watching them and copying what they’re doing. And dancing is a really really hard workout! As Colonel Chester Phillips from Captain America said, “Somebody needs to give that kid a sandwich.”

    2 years ago
  3. Well, the 5:2 diet was very popular in Sweden this year, and it’s still going pretty strong even though it went through a lot of changes.

    As of next month I’m gonna try a diet that an old school mate is currently on, called LCHF, and it stands for Low Carbs, High Fat, and it’s basically that you cut out all the carbs (*cries and strokes my noodles*) and replace it with fat. So lots of egg and bacon, cheese, meat, fat fish (for example salmon), chicken, butter, oils, creme fraiche, youghurt, all that you increase instead.

    I’ve never really believed in diets (and I still don’t for a lot of them) but since I started uni and moved out a year ago, I’ve gained 10-15 kilos, but it was because I was a bit like you, Simon. I ate quite a lot of crap, but I also did a lot of horse riding at my high school (it was a “farming” school so I studied science – equestrian). Like. A lot. And not only riding, but also mocking out the stables, fixing food, cleaning up etc etc. every time I was there which was around 4 times/week. I was on my feet a lot, did tons of walking, had a lot of muscles along with a semi-broken body because whoa, horses are not ergonomic! Dad also dragged me out on walks with the dog nearly every day, so that also burned a lot of calories.
    But then when I graduated and moved, I no longer had access to the wonderful horses, and I became very stationary, with very few walks, I took the bus to school, ate more junk, sat in school, sitting and studying at home etc.
    But now I’m gonna try the diet, I’m going to renew my gym card, fix my broken knees, and hopefully loose some weight.
    Thank you guys for being a great inspiration!

    2 years ago
  4. I hate it when idols go on diets when they already look like they’re going to pass out anytime. :(

    2 years ago
  5. This is competently out of context, but how do you all feel about Jessica being kicked out of Girls’ Generation? I read she was forced out by the management and the members because she started her own business. Is this true and how do you guys feel about it? Thanks!

    2 years ago
  6. My mom is on the Basil seed diet and I warned her about it. I totally agree with you on the kpop stars and losing weight thing. It happened to Aliee she said it herself on asc and said everyone was talking about her physical appearance and not her music and she is a role model to hundreds of girls and seeing her putting herself in a diet scares me cuz that’s what those hundreds of girls will do because they want to be like her this really needs to change or we r going to be in big trouble

    2 years ago
  7. Ha, Asshole! That reminds me of when my cousin played Plague Inc. and he named his disease Stupidity. Stupidity has taken over America. Stupidity has killed more people than the Black Plague. Doctors in China are working on a cure for Stupidity. Oh, the memories…

    2 years ago
  8. the penguin moves haha xD .. that’s cool, i will try it .. i really want to lose some weight.

    2 years ago
  9. Hi Simon and Martina! I’ve noticed that Korean baseball has been getting more popular these couple of years, and I always see so many foreigners when I catch live streams during the season. The fan culture seems to be as crazy as the Kpop scene and there are even cheerleaders! I managed to catch a couple of matches when I was in Korea and am now a huge Korean baseball fan~ It would be interesting to have a TL;DR on Korean baseball and the sports culture in Korea! Thanks =DDD

    2 years ago
  10. Since Simon talked about his favourite video games a few weeks ago, could Martina talk about her favourite K-Drama’s for the next TL-DR;?

    2 years ago
  11. Hmmm, I’ve heard a lot about this diet where they only eat one meal for one day. Like they will have a bigass lunch and eat sooo much, but then they dont eat for the rest of the day? I wonder if thats bad for your body?

    2 years ago
  12. I can see how unhealthy those diets are. about 80%-90% of Korean female singers’ hair is so weak. their hair line is so open. some of them have bald spots at the top of their heads. wonder why they spend so much for their bodies and faces but not do anything for their hair (not talking about their made stage hairs but how less hair they have).

    2 years ago
  13. Hey EYK! I just read this article http://www.viralnova.com/drop-box-babies/#.VAUcHpeAdeQ.facebook on a facebook link, and was wondering if it is true there are that many babies that are being abandoned on South Korea? If you guys know anything, could you do a TL;DR on this? Or at least lemme know it it is true? Thanks! :)

    2 years ago
  14. In the mags lately there’s stuff about the 5:2 diet where you eat normal for 5 days and diet for 2. Or is it diet for 5 days and eat normal for 2? I can’t remember. Omg can’t believe you named Link that! hehe xD if you play skyward sword you should name him “bates” because Fi always addresses him as Master Heh heh heh! >:)

    2 years ago
  15. Crayon Pop have the best diet. Eat, eat all the time. Best dietu video of all time: http://youtu.be/60rLIECAaUM

    2 years ago
  16. Even though the 1000 calorie diet sounds healthy I don’t think it is from what I remember from a basic nutrition course I had to take a healthy sedentary woman should be eating at least 2000 calories per day because that is the minimum amount the body uses in a day to function and I think for men it is higher, somewhere around 2400 calories

    2 years ago
  17. Martina makes for one sexy witch

    2 years ago
  18. My mom actually did the lemon juice cleanse when she used to be a university level swimmer. You’re only supposed to do it for a week or two, and it’s meant to cleanse your colon. Athletes do it sometimes before big competitions, because the cleanse is supposed to help you perform at your best. But, again, you’re only supposed to do it for a relatively short period, and weight loss is only a secondary effect. It’s really meant to be used to cleanse for your digestive system.

    2 years ago
    • *”to cleanse your digestive system” not “to cleanse for your digestive system.” Whoops!! XP

      2 years ago
  19. Hi guys! Can you please do a TL;DR on the fact that we can see more and more foreigners or half koreans invited as guests on tv shows (of course, they are all fluent in korean). I am french and those days I see Fabien Yoon, who’s half french, a lot on Quiz to change the world, Happy Together or Star Gazing. I think it’s super interesting in because the shows are talking about cultural differences between korea and other countries. Do you think it’s a sign that korea opens up more and more to forigners? You were yourselves kind of part of the first wave of foreigners on korean tv, what do you think about that change?

    Ps: I love you Eat Your Kimchi Crew, wish you the best! I hope to come Korea and visit the You Are Here Café soon!

    2 years ago
  20. I grew up in Aus and i hink body imagery is pretty lax here, so i never really dieted, just did lots of sports and ‘turned brown’.
    We had two homestay students though, one boy and 1 girl from China. And i must say starvation diet is kinda big! The girl told me she was on an apple diet where you only eat apples and drink water… And what surprised me was even the boy dieted… He had normal weight.
    I didnt feel overweight though. They thoughtit was cool i played lots of football and ate double their portions (im a girl)… So i think because they had high academic pressure they dont have time for active lifestyle so turn to starvation diets

    2 years ago
  21. Hahahaha Simon XD
    I love that game, I’m playing it for the second time
    About the diets though, it’s incredible how someone can go to those kinds of extremes just to look “acceptable”. It’s terrible :O

    2 years ago
  22. Hey there!!! I’m so glad you two did a video about this, I’m a Holistic Nutritionist in Mississauga Ontario, and I deal with this all the time.
    Don’t know if Doctor Oz is big in Korea, he is huge here, and it frustrates me and many of my colleagues.I really wish he would approach his show in a different like and focus more on healthy living instead of “the miracle of weight loss”.
    Weight loss supplements: green coffee bean, raspberry ketones, CLA, garcinia cambogia, green tea extract, yacon syrup, supposedly now probiotics help with curbing belly fat as do B vitamins and meal replacement shakes, L-carnitine and caffeine pills.
    This stuff MAY help, it MAY work, but it is all dependant on the individual. Weight Loss is simple and yet it may be complex. You have to look at your bowels first. The main place people like to lose weight is in their gut area. Never do they consider the fact that they are constipated and go to the washroom as little as once a day to 3 times every month (I get quite a few people like this), is not normal, and not “their bodies natural cycle”. If you are eating three times a day, you should do your best to eliminate your waste that often as well, and not in tiny rabbit pellets you want your poop to be from your wrist to your elbow and two fingers in width. That food plant based, but especially meat, if not eliminated on a daily bases starts to ferment and gases are formed, bloating happens, bad bacteria flourishes and your tummy grows bigger.
    You have to look at your thyroid if it is not working effectively, if you have hormonal imbalance (both men and women), don’t waste your money on weight loss supplements, they won’t work, and you have just wasted your money.
    Another thing that wont be said is that with any weight loss supplementation that you do it needs to be paired with changes to diet and lifestyle. Otherwise you may lose five, maybe ten pounds feel super awesome, get off the supplement and pow!!! the weight slowly comes back on.
    IN terms of a detox, they are great, but again you have to go back to looking at the gut. If you are constipated don’t touch it. you are cleaning your body of toxins just to have them re-enter your cells because you can’t eliminate the waste fast enough. You should also not approach a detox as a way to lose weight. It is a process of cleaning the body of impurities to make you feel better.
    I battled with anorexia for a really long time, I still have trouble today with body image, but I know that starving myself won’t make me health or happy. It is a mental problem, and some people have a hard time realizing that there is something wrong with them, until it is too late.
    The hardest thing I have to convey to people is that fat is good. Not all fat, but healthy fats. Coconut oil, organic pastured butter, MCT oil (actually does speed up metabolism and is great from the brain), cold pressed olive oil, seeds and fish and meat fat, especially them egg yolks!!! why people eat an egg without them I do not know. I would not go Atkins, I do like the Paleo lifestyle, I have been Vegan/vegetarian for seven years ( i like that too), but you need, for both really focus on where you are getting your food from, and do not, ever count calories, eat real unprocessed, whole , local organic food and get your butt moving!!
    And if you need to lose weight for health reasons, figure out why you gained it in the first place and what might be preventing you from losing weight today.

    – sorry that was so long, you guys are awesome!! BE well!! <3

    2 years ago
  23. The only time I ever dieted was with my family. The unspoken rule in the house was “If one parent goes on a diet, we ALL go on the diet”. It worked out pretty well though because, with little to no junk food in the house, we all felt encouraged to lose weight and eat healthy. The diets that we did in the past though were Atkins (low carb) and the Lemon Detox at the same time (so we weren’t starving to death).

    Recently, we changed everything around. Everyone wakes up in the morning and does their own exercies. I stretch and dance in the morning (one day I plan on posting my dance covers on YouTube:)). While we all eat healthy, I am the only one who has a limit. In order to avoid breaking out (my acne gets out of control), I control how much junk food I can eat (which sucks because I LOOOOOOOVE junk food). I also try to avoid eating after 8 pm. I only recommend not eating after 8 to those who feel that they are on a safe diet. I am absolutely against suggesting this to anyone who is feeling pressured. In my opinon, if people are telling you to diet when you absolutely love your figure, they need to shut their mouths. We don’t live in their perfect world, they live in our wonderfully imperfect one:)

    2 years ago
  24. It makes me sad to know that idols have been forced by their managers/producers to take such extreme diets, and even more so for the fans who want to take on the same diet because they want to look like their idols. It baffles me because they all look so healthy and skinny in the first place. But through your videos I’ve learned that Korean society thinks otherwise.

    I live in the States so to me they actually look underweight rather than chubby or even fat. It makes me a bit hesitant to travel there someday because I’d be considered obese; worst part is if I went there I wouldn’t even look like a foreigner because so many people mistake me for being Asian. So I guess my fear is that people will talk behind my back about my weight, but that’s a bit silly: isn’t it.

    Off topic from korean diets but on topic for Wind Waker: Simon, have you gotten to the small island with the windmill? It’s not terribly far in the game but there is a lot of cool spots on that small island. Just though I’d tell ya,make sure to check every nook and cranny!

    2 years ago
  25. I guess you can categorize me under the “mentally ill,” when it comes to eating habits. I developed an extreme eating disorder at the age of 14 where I had anorexia/athletica/bulimia nervosa (that’s the worst ones to have). I didn’t eat very much because of all the stress in my childhood home, I constantly paced in my room because I couldn’t sit still and was grounded so I wasn’t allowed to leave home except for school and I couldn’t even read unless it was homework. I also was force fed to eat fish as punishment and I developed bulimia because my child self was like: “this ain’t staying inside me, you cannot make me.” But I am a rare case as this all resulted from being in an abusive home.

    Now, over six years later and a lot of therapy for multiple mental disorders, I still struggle with eating because it has become a learned part of my life. For now I just eat when and what I want. My body has acid reflux, is anemic, and my sphincter muscle does not close all the way. I desperately hope one day all of my eating disorder is over. I’ve come to terms with my other mental health issues but the one I want most changed is the acceptance that feeling full is okay. I can’t eat until I feel full because then my body pushes it all back out. Though I can eat what I want without mentally beating myself up, my body makes it so I have to eat slowly and only eat snacks throughout the day and not full meals. My stomach is too small to handle a lot of food.

    I would never advocate anything that promotes eating disorders. When I hear people are going on diets I ask why they don’t exercise and eat more healthily instead.

    2 years ago
    • I am really sorry to hear that you went through all of that. It sounds horrible :( I hope that over time your eating becomes more regular and you are able to enjoy food more in the future. I completely agree with you though – eating disorders are bad and they don’t actually work in the end anyway since diets are only a temporary fix. Only through exercise and eating healthy can you keep off the weight.

      2 years ago
  26. Damn Simon! You’re a beard growin’ champ!

    2 years ago
  27. hi simon and martina I was wondering do Koreans use coupons in south korea and if they have them would you use them.if they don’t do they have something similar .love spudy meemers soooooozeee and leigh ohhhh you so naaasta

    2 years ago
  28. Here in the US, schools have been working on talking to kids about body image in the media. I remember in PE we did a unit where we watched videos and discussed the way models you often see on magazines or TV are often photoshopped. There’s a lot of concern about anorexia and bulimia.

    2 years ago
  29. Wow. The Tylenol diet scared me the most (this is coming from a former pharmacy student). Acetaminophen poisoning is said to be the number one reason for calls to the poison control center in the US. It causes fatal liver damage and it happens really fast! Acetaminophen overdose has been such a problem that they are just recently regulating how much acetaminophen is being placed in different drugs because it is often found in so many kinds of drugs (cough and cold products) that people end up OD without knowing. Please, if you value your liver and LIFE, do NOT ever try the Tylenol diet.

    2 years ago
    • I’m glad someone commented on the liver issues with the acetaminophen diet. I don’t know how things roll in Korea, but I imagine damaging your liver in this fashion would place someone low on the transplant list.

      2 years ago
  30. Well I know that in the US anyway Gluten-free is really trendy. Though people are starting to learn that “gluten free” is not really any more healthy unless you have gluten intolerance. Still, I will see so many things with the “Gluten-free!” label. It’s even on products that have no business having gluten in them in the first place, for example- potato chips, and soda.

    2 years ago
  31. There quite a few diet trends out here in the USA but there is one that is always on my facebook page which is the Garcinia Cambogia and Raspberry Ketone supplement diet and they advertise as “see how kim kardashian and beyonce lost all there baby weight in just a month. So being that im a little overweight I give it a try and have take both pills twice a day and 30min before meals, but it didnt work for me a became very sick and I had to stop taking them.

    2 years ago
  32. Park Boram would be considered fat in Singapore as well,and nobody wants to be nitpicked because of their figure

    2 years ago
  33. I also wanted to add, most diets that are popularized by celebrities are ridiculous, and should not be attempted by mere mortals. If you’re job was to look good all the time, I see why they go to such lengths (not encouraging it!). There’s a hilarious column where this woman test-drives celebrity fad diets and makes you realize how insane most of them are – http://nymag.com/tags/yeah-it's-a-diet-story/

    2 years ago
  34. Hey there,
    In my “darker days” I have done a lot of crazy dieting. Including the 4-hour body, south beach and last but most certainly not least the Lemon Detox. Before that I just stopped eating for some time unless people were in there to check on me and excersize untill I dropped :p Yeah, good times (not).

    About the lemon detox, I would like to add, It really does work. You have the 2 tblsp maple syrup, 2 tblsp lemon and some cayennepepper and fill the rest of your longdrink glass with water. You’re supposed to drink between 6-12 glasses of that stuff a day, and not eat anything. The problem with it for me was that the stuff is gross, like vomit inducing nasty. After sometime (3 days) I figured I’d rather go hungry than drink that crap so I stopped drinking it. I had like 1 or sometimes 2 glasses per day (about 50kcal?). So yeah lost 7 kilo’s in 2 weeks.
    There were some problems though, in the end I couldn’t do much anymore. Walking became a serieus excersize that was very tiring and climbing stairs would make me almost faint. But I was thin :) In the month after I only ate fruits and honestly, -after I regained some muscle- I never felt better.

    For the people that are unhappy about their body:
    “Are you your body, or is your body yours?”

    3 years ago
  35. The lemon diet or “master cleanse” has been huge in the states for awhile now. I remember when my boyfriend and his roommate did it 4 years ago. You basically lose a ton of weight right away, but it’s mostly water weight. Then Beyonce popularized it as a way to drop pounds right before a performance or appearance. The biggest diet trend right now is not really a diet at all, but people want to be “gluten-free” even though only a small percentage of the population has Celiac disease. People equate gluten with carbs, but they’re not the same thing at all. I don’t think American diets have ever been historically healthy. When I was in high school and college there was a crazy diet pill trend but they were finally banned since most of them contained Ephedra which will literally give you a heart attack. The thigh-gap trend is the biggest thing right now. The worst I’ve seen was a model I knew who used to eat cotton balls soaked with pedialyte to help her “feel full,” apparently it’s common practice in the industry. I think every culture has crazy diet fads, but I will agree that when thin Korean-American friends go back to Korea, they’re considered chubby. It’s just a different standard.

    3 years ago
    • The glutenfree diet trend is great for me though, I have celiac disease so I’m really happy with all the new products and alternatives coming out.. hhhehehehheheeeee

      2 years ago
    • About the gluten-free thing, I actually work in a gluten-free store in the Netherlands. I would like to second your statement that eating glutenfree is not at all beneficial for your health :D All the glutenfree products are loaded with sugars and fats. Not to mention preservatives and things to make it taste better… Not healthy at all.

      3 years ago
  36. Ok, totally off topic here, BUT: Question. Is there a way to get notified when someone comments on your comment? AND, I asked on your facebook thread, but Imma ask here as well. Where is the Giveaway Page? I would like to shake my Nasty tail feather on over there and win me some Korean goodies. Thanks! love you guys. Ciao.

    3 years ago
    • I tick the “subscribe to my replies” box but am not sure if it works as I haven’t had a reply yet xD

      2 years ago
  37. Many I have to say that American diets are more healthful… sort of. There are lots of diets out there and at their roots are fairly healthy. Usually the urge people to make overall life changes, not just a few months to loose weight. But I know people abuse them. Calorie counting is pretty standard. A lot of women don’t eat more than 1,200 calories, which I find crazy since they eat GARBAGE! I knew one girl who ate only a few sweet tarts for breakfast because she was saving her calories up for a chili dog at a baseball game. WTF?

    And Martina mentioned the “laxative craze” in the United States. I want to put it out there that girls who did it, were considered mentally ill. They got put under the label of being bulimic, so if girls went on an Advil craze here they probably would be hospitalized.

    3 years ago
  38. I think it’s important to say that not only girls suffer from the extremely high standards in the Kpop industry… It’s true that most male idols just do a lot of exercise to try and built a “sculptured body” but it’s not always the case. Also, a lot of times it’s the companies that force their idols to go on crazy diets (and when they don’t force them they just encourage it). As a Cassie I know that DBSK were forced to go on a water diet (where you eat and drink absolutely nothing but water, extremely unhealthy) for 3 whole days before their debut.

    3 years ago
  39. Now I can’t even think about diets while laughing at poor old Link. TL;DR has been hijacked. I’m tempted to crank up my copy with that added dimension to game play.

    3 years ago
  40. It’s interesting you mention the witches soup. I watched a documentary i *think* it was ‘the men who made us fat’ one or maybe the 5.2 diet one? I think it was a Michael mosely one at least. Anyway they did an experiment where they laid out a table and fed one group some veg some meat and a glass of water which they had to drink before their meal, another group ate the same but drank the water after the meal and the third ate the food with the water in a soup. Then they all had to get into their cars and drive for as long as they could and stop when they were hungry.

    Soup drove the longest, water after meal the second longest and water before meal stopped first.

    Water stretches the stomach so you have to eat more food to fill it but water after fills in the gaps between the food and soup stays in your system longer!

    Also I just started playing wind walker last weekend it is uh,amazing!

    3 years ago
  41. Hahaha my dad and little brother have been naming their characters Asshole (& a lot worse if I may add) since my brother first got a Nintendo. He was 6 btw ;)

    3 years ago
  42. When i wathced TL;DR I thought from out of no where Asshole… And when I saw that Simon made his characters name like that my mouth
    flew open and I started to laugh really hard in my bathroom (because it’s morniing) and that’s how I woke my brother up :>>>>

    3 years ago
  43. Im on a nutella diet, it totally works, an by that i mean that it makes you happy!…kidding aside, if i wanna lose weight i just do more excercise, aint no diet messing with my munchies!!

    3 years ago
    • You know, I was pretty fit as a kid, even though I ate nothing but potato chips and drank eight, yes EIGHT cans of soda a day. I never drank water. Just Mountain Dew. But I played 3 hours of basketball a day, so I think that kept me from exploding. I think…

      3 years ago
  44. the Lemon Cayanne Pepper Maple syrup was popular here because it was what Beyonce did to lose weight.

    ANYWAY I JUST READ that the TEAMIN went on a diet for his solo debut…. and he is like a toothpick. I was so surprised.

    3 years ago
    • The Lemon, Cayenne Pepper, and Maple Syrup originally was suppose to be a detox and only done for a few days. But since you aren’t eating anything you loose weight, and people started to do it as a way to loose weight.

      3 years ago
  45. Diets everywhere are crazy. The mayo diet is getting popular here again. Although that is suppose to only be for people who need to lose weight before surgery.

    On another note, I’ve always been obese, which is more than overweight. However, recently I have been losing weight just by eating three times a day, not really eating processed foods or fast foods (same difference), and also not eating past 7/8pm on most days. I get little to no exercise, mostly because I have no where to go, although I know that that could change I personally choose not to for now.

    However, I have lost over 20 pounds and my meals consist of mostly fruit and veggies and either chicken, fish or turkey. I don’t really eat pork or beef anymore. And it is all thanks to my gall bladder really, I can’t take in any greasy food or I’m in excruciating pain. However, this has taught me to change my eating habits permanently. Now I don’t really crave or eat the foods I had before and even if I have surgery to remove my gallbladder, I will keep my current habits in eating because I like it now. I don’t really have to eat much either. I don’t eat a full meal from mcdonald’s and such. I just usually eat a few fries, the burger and some of the drink, so I eat smaller portions now. I really like it. All I need to do now is add exercise and I’d probably lose waaaay more weight, but it’s hard since I can’t get around and live practically on the highway….so yeah, I’ll stick to losing weight my way instead of going on a crazy diet that won’t help me in anyway.

    3 years ago
    • I also think it’s important to factor in that a person’s size/appearance =/= how healthy they are. I’ve also been obese for several years now, but around four years ago I decided to stop drinking anything but water (and occasionally milk, orange juice, and ginger ale if I’m sick) and I also stopped eating sweets so much. I started out slowly, but now the only time I eat anything sweet is a couple times a year if I’m craving chocolate or something, and cake on my birthday. And soda just tastes bad to me now, since I haven’t had it for so long. A lot of people look at me and my family and think I’m the least healthy of us, but my cousin, for example, is around 1/3 of my size, and I can run a mile about 5 minutes quicker than her because all she ever really eats are junk food, fast food, and heavy carbs and proteins, and she doesn’t do much. She just has a faster metabolism than me. And it’s the same with me about exercise. To be honest I just don’t have time in my day right now (I’m pretty much a 24/7 nanny), but once I free up some time in the fall, I definitely plan on starting some sort of exercise regimen :)

      3 years ago
  46. OMG! That’s Lee Sora’s exercise video. I’ve been wanting to see it since they showed some of it on Roommates.

    3 years ago
  47. Hey guys, been a fan of EYK and SNSD for almost 5 years, and just wanted to clarify one point you made. I know you mentioned how there was a show that said Girl’s Generation members skip dinner, but I’m 99% certain that this information is false. I’m a member of their international fan site Soshified and I follow every single thing the girls do from commercials to radio broadcasts. In almost every interview they’ve had, the same question is asked: “Is it true that you only eat (insert crazy diet here)?” And every time their answer is the same: “No way, we couldn’t survive like that”. They’ve claimed over and over again that the members eat pretty much whatever they want within reason. They need a huge amount of calories to maintain their insane schedules and rigorous dance/workout routines. I even remember once time they were joking about how their managers were stressed out because their food costs were more than Super Junior’s (back when they were 12 members). I’m not upset in anyway or trying to flame people, but I wanted to make sure that the correct information is being presented. I’m not as familiar with your other examples, so for all I know they are true, but I can assure you that Girl’s Generation doesn’t have a restrictive diet. They simply exercise a lot and eat healthy.

    3 years ago
    • Hey. Thanks for the comment. Really. And – more importantly – thanks for being so into Girls Generation and still watching our videos! That’s awesome. I thought we were banned from the Soshi community :D

      As for the video itself, it was Martina’s experience, so I’m not sure about where the video came from myself. I’ll ask her more about it, though it was a few years ago so I’m not sure how many more details we can get, apart from the general gist of it. Sorry :(

      3 years ago
      • Of course I watch you guys! Just because you guys don’t like their songs as much as me, doesn’t mean I automatically write you off. I understand you guys are incredibly busy and don’t have time to look at every group in depth. Everyone has their own musical tastes and that’s totally normal and awesome. I like Girl’s Generation for more than just their music, it’s more about them as people. Which is why I love you guys to death. You could be talking about how you clip your toenails and I would still love it. My enjoyment comes from watching you two as a couple and being your silly selves, all of the great information about Korean culture is just a bonus. In all fairness, I’ve also been rather disappointed with SNSD’s recent releases. Most of their best songs are not their title tracks. It still perplexes me how SM chooses which songs to promote, since they almost always pick one of the worst songs on the album. If you knew as much about Girl’s Generation as I do you might change your opinion of them as well. ^_-

        3 years ago
    • I am more than sure that during at least one point in their careers, especially around when they were training/their debut, they must’ve had some sort of restrictive diet, because I remember a lot of the girls (especially Jessica and Yuri) looked a little rounder around that time and then that just sort of went away. Also, several SM artists have mentioned times during their training days where all they had to eat for each meal was ramen, which to me is as restrictive as a diet gets. Since Girls’ Generation got popular pretty quick after Gee, I’m sure that that period of their lives was very short lived, which makes me glad, but I really doubt that they were always eating completely healthy balanced meals throughout their entire careers, training/pre-debut included.

      3 years ago
  48. The basil seed diet confuses me.. How does a seed expand if it’s, according to what I learned in biology… is going to break down…….. Or maybe it doesn’t… Hm…

    3 years ago
    • Hmm…never thought of that! It’s not like it expands and retains its hardness, right? Wouldn’t it just expand into softness?

      3 years ago
  49. Simon, that totally reminded me of one of the first times I played Zelda: Ocarina of Time. My god-brother wanted to try it out too, so my dad agreed to make an account for him on our N64, but he made his name “Kiss Me”, so that all the characters sounded like they wanted a smooch ;) Haha!

    3 years ago
  50. omg Simon how could you do that to poor Link! (i’m laughing through the tears)
    though I think the first time I played Zelda i named him aaaaaaaaaaaa so i cant really say anything….

    As for the whole diet thing, I think that its just really sad the pressures that different societies put on people determine an individuals opinion of their own beauty.. be it in Korea or elsewhere. I know that Korea has its own standards when it comes to a persons physical appearance, however it really saddens me when I see people shaming others or not taking them seriously because they don’t fit a certain image… Being skinny is a decision that should only be made by the individual to suit their own goals, and not anothers expectation. For a lot of people, dieting has become only a matter of appearance and health is put second (and even forgotten). A “diet” that is more damaging than helpful to and individuals health is kinda missing the point i’d imagine?? if your goal is to look a certain way and you become sick because of it, then how are you supposed to enjoy your life?
    Again, i know that Korea has its own view points and are much culturally different from my own, but I just feel bad for all the people that can’t shine as much because they’re not as “beautiful” as others are…. male or female.
    But that being said, again, you find it all over the world, not just in South Korea

    As for diets in Canada I guess the only diet that i can really recall taking off here in the last couple of years (though i dont really keep in the loop when it comes to those kinds of things) is the Paleo diet. Its ideology is basically for humans to eat the way that we did thousands of years ago; fruits, veggies, nuts, meat and taking out from our diet anything that is processed. I think what it’s thought process is that our bodies can break down food that is purer and in its natural form better than food that is full of chemicals holding it together? i’m not too sure, i think that’s the basics.

    I personally like it, though i’m too much of a junk food addict to be able to do that (plus eating that way is kinda expensive) but i think that its a much better fad diet compared to bull crap diets, like the south beach diet, that tell you to cut out food that have fat and carbs in it.T there have been a lot of studies that show that healthy fats and sugars are necessary for your body and its more unhealthy not to consume them. It’s also quantity as well though. You can have too much of a good thing….

    3 years ago
  51. My mother actually did this after 7pm no eating diet. Coupled with being a vegetarian and doing a reasonable amount of sport she didnt loose a lot of weight but build up muscles which is at least in my opinion better. She did read a lot of books beforehand about that and she was a health freak even before but while she dieted (oh god how is that spelled??!!) she also didnt eat bread, sugar, noodles, etc. I think if you have a good daily schedule it is no problem and it is getting quite famous in germany where people are already obsessed with eating as much vegetables and fruits as possible. Oh and my dad just downloaded an app which shows his weight in a diagramm and suddenly started losing weight without changing anything… i guess that isnt quite normal…

    3 years ago
    • I’ve heard “don’t eat past insert time here diets” in many different countries. Most are much later, like 10pm. I went on a 2 week ‘raw detox’ where they suggest not eating after 8pm, so you have time to digest. I think most diets say things like this since late night eating tends to be snacking on unhealthy foods, or stressed related to keep yourself up later.

      3 years ago
  52. I live in Finland and most usual diets here is to just eat less, healtier and exercise which is good. Not many trend diets. I remember one which was very popular couple years ago, it was all over news cause half of population or so was in it. So it was called “Karppaus”, kind of little or no carbs diet. This meant no bread, no grain products, no potatoes or macaroni, no sugar and no fruits but everything else is not limited.

    Personally I haven’t dieted much in my life, I have rather struggled about getting weight than losing it. Still hasn’t done much progress in that, I wonder if there has been any trend diets to get yourself heavier since I haven’t heard of any ^^;

    3 years ago
  53. I’m sat here watching a video about diets whilst tucking into a big slab of lemon cheesecake….ermmm o.O

    3 years ago
  54. I remember a few years back there was the Raw Vegetable Smoothie diet here in the States that was pretty trendy here. It’s a pretty self-explanatory diet but one thing I’d like to mention is that this diet gives small bursts of energy rather than a long, steady flow of energy so it was more like a natural sugar high rather than a healthy diet.
    Another diet program that I’ve heard of was where the program allowed a person to eat whatever they wanted-as long as they ordered and ate the food that was specially prepared by the program. This kinda sounds fun, but apparently the food’s really expensive so you could spend a $1000-2000 on food EVERY MONTH. That’s crazy! A week’s worth of groceries in Texas averages to around $60-100, so you’d only spend $240-400 per month here.
    So, speaking of things that people faithfully follow, I’d like to know how religious Korea is. Is religion openly talked about over there? Are there a lot of religions or just a few that many people follow? In my high school, there are clubs such as FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and an Islamic club, so is there any equivalent to such youth groups in Korea? Thank you guys so much!
    -PS, Martina, you’re so pretty! I think the pink in your hair goes really well with your skin tone! I really want to see you guys in person, but I don’t know if Houston, TX interests you guys. Hopefully I’ll meet you one day :D Plus, I think Simon’s beard is awesome! Don’t shave it! You look really cool! Say hi to Dr. Meemersworth, Spudgy, Leigh, and Soo Zee for me!

    3 years ago
    • Just thought I’d give my own little 2 cents about the religion thing. I lived with an exchange student from Korea a couple years ago and asked her about this. The majority of Koreans, according to her, are Christian, and there really are only two other major followings in Korea which are Buddhism and Atheism/Agnosticism. My roommate’s family was pretty much Atheist/Agnostic (I never really got a clear answer on which of those they were) but they still went to Buddhist temples and followed a lot of Buddhist traditions since that stuff is pretty rooted into Korean society. There are of course small followings of other religions, I’m sure, and like Simon and Martina mentioned in that fortune telling video, there are Shamans and stuff (I’m not sure what that would qualify as exactly. Paganism? Witchcraft? Someone please correct me on this lol), but my roommate had never even met another Korean who wasn’t in one of those three categories.

      3 years ago
  55. Something I’ve been hearing of over here is the “Cheerio Diet” in which you eat one Cheerio every 15 minutes. ONE CHEERIO.
    Apparently, it adds up to a total caloric intake of 100 at the end of the day, and “Since you’re eating so frequently, it speeds up your metabolism.”
    It makes me so sad that this is how much unneeded pressure we put on ourselves to look a certain way. *Shakes head.*

    Though, with the SHINee not eating after 7pm thing, I actually do that too! It is not as much intended to lose weight, but in order to give your body a rest before sleeping so that everything taken in during the day can be digested properly. Kind of like an overnight “fast.”

    All that aside, Wink Waker was my entire childhood hahahahahaha that name cracked me up.

    3 years ago
  56. The User Name XD

    3 years ago
  57. Oh Simon. Why, oh why with that character name? XD

    I’m very happy to see that Park Boram is following an actually healthy diet. That is a diet I think a lot of these idols and their companies need to try, not these insane crash/starvation diets. I’ve never understood how they can rehearse and do all the performances while not eating any food. How have more of them not passed out on stage? It’s so bad for the body. I just want to smack their managers who tell them to lose weight and to do it quickly. I also get upset when I see them talk so proudly about these insane diets and girls and boys start following those diets as well. It’s like this everywhere, and has been for ages, but in Kpop it seems so rewarded.

    I’m all for people who have the dedication to lose weight, but I want them to do it in a healthy manner. Crazy diets, can do so much damage to the body. You may not even know it for years but they do have affects.

    3 years ago
  58. Here in Cambodia, the beauty standard when it comes to weight is pretty similar to s.korea. I was around 50kg, 1.58m when I went to uni and got called out for being fat during a family skype session. It was quite harsh I ended up deciding to go on diet and start working out prior moving back home. I guess I made the right choice though, like I would be a giant (most of us are pretty small here, more like tiny) if I didn’t lose weight because a lot of us are pretty much stick skinny, I’m talkin abt u will have a hard time finding an overweight person in this country. Many girls here did a lot of crazy things to stay skinny such as, skipping dinner, taking supplements, drinking collagen water, drinking sliming tea/coffee/water, and to some extend of taking diarrhea pills, it’s crazy I can’t even…. But yeh, after going through all the diets and hardcore workout sessions, I can safely say that from exercising regularly and eating in moderation, u’ll be able to lose the excess weight quite easily. I eat chips or yogurt or cake or instant noodle before bed and I’m at 43.8kg right now. Just go easy on carbs or in my case, white rice; eat more side dishes and fruits, work out 30-60 mins a day, and drink loads of water and the weight will take care of itself.

    3 years ago
  59. Simon, that is the best alternative link name I have ever seen. Bravo sir.

    3 years ago
  60. Well, that´s a little bit crazy, It happens everywhere, here in Peru the diet trend is eat CHIA, is like a seed that put in your juice or energetic juice and I guess you lost wait, but you don´t skip your meals.

    3 years ago
  61. Being Canadian you know the beauty standards here as well as I do. Very similar to American beauty standards. AS for crazy diets, this girl I know would only eat lettuce and celery for every meal. Now that’s scary. She lost weight sure, but she also always looked run down and tired.
    I have recently changed my diet, I am eating way cleaner now and eating more soups and salads as opposed to “american” meals. My favourite soup is Pho OMG its the best thing ever. I had it for breakfast today. Yummm :)

    3 years ago
  62. 5-8 Tylenol A DAY?!?!?! D: D:

    That is going to destroy your liver. Especially if you drink. You’re basically borderline overdosing.

    3 years ago
    • Too much
      Neoya
      Your love
      Igeon overdose

      I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist. But I totally agree with you, my eyes got so wide when they started talking about that D:

      3 years ago
  63. I had to take nutrition prior to taking my nursing classes and the teacher taught us that to maintain your current weight you should eat 1600kcal. When I was losing weight, I limited myself to 1200kcals a day mixed with exercise and it worked beautifully, and I lost 80lbs in about a year. Both of you were my inspiration to lose weight and become healthier as well :D

    3 years ago
  64. HAHA HAHA Simon it’s always fun to play windwaker with fun names. The best dialog is with the king of red lions. With that name, you will be entertained for the whole game! :D

    3 years ago
  65. In France, it’s very much the same diet formula that everyone uses, so diet fads never really catch on (where I live at least- Paris). The way people go about it here is that they eat a lot less and smoke even more cigarettes than usual to curb the hunger, similar to what a lot a fashion models do. It’s extremely unhealthy, but the whole exercising trend that is really catching on in the US and Scandinavian countries isn’t really popular here, unfortunately. Gym memberships are ridiculously expensive (my mom has to renew it every year for almost 1000€) and a lot of the time it’s 18+ so teens can’t go. But, one good thing is that snacking, drinking lots of alcohol and eating candy isn’t a thing either, so…

    3 years ago
  66. WOAH! I just realized I can like comments now! YAAAAAY! And the Wind Waker thing absolutely made my day. xD

    3 years ago
  67. Uee’s diet of 1000 calories seems pretty low. Maybe if one is tiny and their TDEE is that low, but that number isn’t the same for everyone.

    I blog about tea (http://www.OolongOwl.com represent!) and the amount of BS tea health claims I see, geeze (pointing at you Dr Oz). With the amount of tea I drink for blogging and pleasure, I should of been in supermodel shape years ago. Have a cup of tea instead of a snacks or instead of a sugary drink (if you don’t add sugar to your tea) – yes, that’ll save calories but that’s all it can do.. and give you caffeine (depending). There’s no magic diet pill, just hard work.

    For me, I’ve been lifting weights. I follow the Strong Lifts program, which is lifting quite heavy. As a woman it’s crap doing this because all I hear is “Noo, lifting heavy will make you manly/bulky” and I should lift froofroo weights and not eat anything. Getting bulky is totally a myth and I’ve dropped a bunch of weight looking much sleeker. And I can scare my friends with the fact that I lift their bodyweight+ every 3 days. http://www.tonygentilcore.com/blog/an-open-letter-to-everyone-who-has-told-women-dont-get-too-muscular/ is an interesting article I saw recently women getting bitched at for getting muscular vs too thin.

    3 years ago
  68. I really dislike all the fat shaming (and people sometimes aren’t even fat) in SK,upid as well as seeing idols being subjected to and promoting these stupid diets which are incredibly unhealthy and not at all approved or followed by a nutritionist, all the kids that look up to them are gonna want to lose weight under they’re skinny as hell and mistreat their young bodies while doing so, it’s incredibly irresponsible.
    There also seems to be no standard of a balanced diet in Korean culture, it’s either super oily fatty foods or salads or nothing at all. Noodles are cheap but really unhealthy, buy some veggies instead!
    Diet water is stupid anywhere in the world -.-‘ water does not have calories.
    Calorie watching is dumb too if you’re not eating well, if you eat a cheeseburger at mcdonalds you’ll easily reach your limit and only eat a small piece of crappy food.
    I’m on the underweight area of the BMI scale, which I’ve been all my life as I’m 1,62m and vary between 45kg and 48kg, it’s not my choice to be skinny and have arms and legs that don’t look like sticks is to eat cakes, chips and ice cream all year. I haven’t been too physically active in a few year and as a skinny person with a very fast metabolism (I’m hungry every 3h) my body gets quite strained some days and I do get really tired physically so exercise is really important even if you’re skinny (I’m thinking of doing gymnastics again this year =)).
    If you’re a drinker and tend to eat while doing so (which is actually better for you than just plain drinking – in europe there’s no eating while drinking custom like in SK though – make sure to drink water when you finish a glass, it really helps your body processing the alcohol and food and you won’t get dehydrated by it so hangovers are less likely to happen)
    Also, to everyone that eats 2 eggs a day as part of a diet because it rich in protein and non-fattening, DON’T! Eggs are super bad for your cholesterol levels which makes you more likely to have heart disease in the future, they’re good if you have only the egg whites or the one whole egg twice a week max. Although I’m skinny I had mad cholesterol levels (when max advised is 200 I had 215) since we eat tons of butter, eggs, cheese and milk in portugal. Ever since going vegetarian (really important to watch what you eat since you don’t have meat to make your life easier and still need to get all the nutrients. Also, supplements aren’t your enemies, if you go vegan you definitely need B12 and possibly Omega3) and cutting on all of those I’ve gone down to 163 in a year =D
    So, everyone, if you’re gonna diet, please do it correctly! =)

    3 years ago
    • Actually, eggs are really good for you. Of course, eating 2 a day is too much but studies show that 1 egg a day (for healthy people) can be actually very benefitial to your health, including improvements on your good cholesterol. Of course, if you have diabetes or heart disease already, you shouldn’t eat them everyday. But you shouldn’t exclude them either.

      And egg yolks are the most nutritious part of the egg! You should definitely eat them, just in moderation, according to your health status.

      3 years ago
    • Eat until you’re satisfied and not because you feel like having 3 plates of that dish, balanced portions are important.
      I have a friend that is cutting out sugar and so, he cuts out fruits too… the sugar in fruits is natural fructose, it’s not unhealthy, if you wanna cut sugar out simply don’t eat processed foods, cakes and other sweets.
      Brushing your teeth a bit after dinner helps you not to crave sweets and fatty stuff late at night. It’s also not very good to go to sleep right after eating I heard
      Going to the sauna is also good to help tone your body if you’re exercising regularly with that in mind, it also helps your skin ;)

      3 years ago
      • Yeah, portion balance is one of the most important things! You can actually lose a lot of weight just by controlling your portions. You get the nutrition and the weight loss without abdicating you favorite foods.

        3 years ago
  69. Thanks Guys, this was very interesting :D

    BTW I loved your “Ice Bucket Challenge” video hehehehe…. The Barista dumping the ice on Martina looked SO happy ^o^
    Also the guy standing at the back. I wish I was there to see it in person!
    I would say: “Thank you Amber”
    Question: So for the last 2 days we have been seeing a lot of kpop idols/korean actors taking this challenge. If you accept the challenge, I hope you still donate to the cause, or you don’t have to?

    3 years ago
    • if you accept the challenge you (technically) have to donate $10, if not, $100. It’d be nice if everyone was donating… although I wish they’d donate to their national ALS association rather than just the American one, everyone that suffers from it there would be really thankfull

      3 years ago
  70. I felt really shocked when I was watching Lee Hi’s 1.2.3.4 making video, she was explaining they had put on her some tipe of make up to make her look thinner. And she was saying she had to rub a towel several times to wash it. I couldn’t believe it. However, that was last year when I wasn’t into Korean standars of beauty etc. I just think it’s completely unfair if they are “idols”. People, specially high school girls look up to them, they are a role model, and you’re teaching them to starve in order to be beautiful. It is awful that this is the mind set up for everyone.
    I personally changed the way I was eating just for personal decision. I ate a lot of junk food and it had a negative effect on me. So I decided to eat more healthy food and keep doing dancing routines to be fit. And i working out for me. I didn’t stop to eat the things I love (fries I love you) but I’ve learned to reduce portions. More like learning that I don’t 3 plates of pasta to be full.
    Sorry this is long but I wanted to share my thoughts on this subject. I’m really against the whole “be skinny because we told you so” I don’t think it’s ok.

    3 years ago
  71. I’m a Canadian, who is still attending high school…. But Some of the things people over here have been trying vary a lot.. I mean A LOT of people around 13-18 over here are starting to go to gyms, I know several people who go to the gym who are only 15…… But a big thing now is taking the sugar out of your diet (as much as you can) Which usually consists of no fruit after 2pm :””

    And a lot of people are using detox drinks, but they use them along with a health diet and excising, not alone. People also drink their fruits and vegetables rather than actually chewing them… Also another big thing that’s starting to surface around here is using apps to keep track of fat intake and calorie intake :””

    Another thing.. (XD sorry for making this soo long :” )
    Is that I’ve heard a lot about detox teas, which aren’t really popular here (Yet >//<)
    There supposed to clean out your body completely.. But have also been known to send people to the hospital ://

    Ahh I'm sorry for writing so much :V

    3 years ago
  72. I have a Korean friend who did the lemon detox. It’s probably the most extreme “diet” I’ve ever heard of, as it includes something called the “salt water flush”.

    Basically, the only nutrient intake you have for the duration of the diet is through that lemon/cayenne pepper mix that also has some other stuff in it. But the real object of the detox is the daily salt water flush that is used to completely clean out your intestines. This salt water flush basically involves you drinking a very large amount of salted water that goes right through your intestines. The eventual goal of this whole diet is to sort of “reboot” your body for renewed nutrient intake. So it’s not actually meant to lose weight but to literally detoxify your body.
    Here’s a link for more info:
    http://mastercleansedetoxguide.com/salt-water-flush-recipe

    My friend did it for a rather long time, I believe 30+ days, and she had a really tough time doing it. She was on the verge of mental breakdown and she didn’t really have a lot of direct family support as she was more or less alone here in the Netherlands while her parents were in Korea. Especially her dad was very worried about her from what I remember.

    But she persevered, and in the end she said she had she was glad she did it but she would never do it again. At least not for that long. As for the effect, she said she had a new appreciation for the taste of food and she also lost a lot of weight (duh).

    Soon after the detox she moved to her parents in Korea and started to really watch out with unhealthy food and also do a lot of exercise which has caused her to lose more weight. Before she was fat, even for western standards, and now she does have a super awesome body, although some Koreans still call her a little chubby. I’m not sure how many kilograms she actually lost, but it was a -very- large amount.

    3 years ago
  73. interesting post!! i wish i had enough self-control to stick through any kind of diet… you really gotta admire those k-pop stars in a way! that’s dedication to their craft!! (even though i think it’s terribly unhealthy and don’t agree with it)

    in japan, there are always tons of crazy diets-of-the-week popping up all the time that i don’t really follow anymore… i think fasting is popular now? (like, fasting 2 days, eat what you want for 3 days, or the reverse… i’m not sure…) the most notorious one was probably the banana diet though. a few years ago, back when i first moved here, it was almost impossible to find bananas at the grocery store (unless you did your shopping pretty early) because everyone was doing the banana diet. some famous tv personality had said that she was doing it, and so everybody was doing it. basically, it said that if you ate a banana first thing in the morning, it didn’t matter what you ate afterwards, you would just lose weight, lol. they also have all these “kits” that you can buy at the pharmacy for about 30$, of protein soups, protein shakes, and protein puddings, that you’re supposed to drink twice a day instead of meals and they are about 200 calories. i actually tried the shake ones but they really don’t make you full at all and i was hungry 2 hours later. lol. and finally, if you look at the back of any girls magazine, you will see a slew of ads for diet pills that you can mail-order, and they’re as sketchy as their before and after pictures…

    3 years ago
  74. Firstly: DIET = everything you eat at any time during your day
    BALANCED DIET = is the racionalism wait of eating, adult = 3000kcal per day, teenege = 2000-3000kcal, kids 1000 – 14000.
    HEALTHY DIET = every healthy food that you could eat (everything that’s not junk and/or toxic)

    Okay now, obviously Korea has ussues about “fatness” and being ugly that for most ppl is just being chubby and beautiful. It’s obvious that if you stop eating or eat less and less you will lose weight (a lot of stupid ppl have already demostrated it) but it will not help your body.
    Human body need all the calories (around 2400~) to do all the its functions. Of course if you eat less, you will stop this functions from working or they’ll work less; and if you eat a lot, it could also affect this functions in a bad way.
    So yeah, if you want to lose weight, go on a healthy diet, don’t eat more than what you will waste. If you are a dancer eat your 3000kcal and do all the dancing you want. If you are a desk worker, go eat your 3000kcal but be sure to excercise qutie a bit during the day, if not, eat 2000kcal and you’ll be okay, since you’re not really stressing your body. If you are a student, you should eat your 2400-3000kcal because you’re using your brain, that needs a lots of glucose to function. But of your go and do some excersise, just simple walkings through your campus, useing ladders instead of elevators and what not.

    and LOL asshole xDDD

    3 years ago
  75. I always used myfitnesspal for diets which sounds similar to weight watchers except it’s a free app and doesn’t have group meetings. It’s similar to Uee’s diet except I had to eat 1200 kcal a day for healthy weight loss but it helped me lose 10 lbs before a modelling job!

    I had also accidentally dieted when I had 3 wisdom teeth removed almost two weeks ago; I was weighted just before surgery and after a week of eating almost every soft food imaginable (and not holding back lol) I had dropped 8 lbs. I’m pretty sure my TOM had to do with 3 lbs of that but it still shocked me.

    3 years ago
  76. As someone who is currently underweight (not anorexic, just really bad at remembering to eat well and I have a “good” metabolism so it makes it harder to gain weight), this makes me pretty sad. Being this skinny is not healthy and is really hard on your body. It might be a little different for K-Pop stars who dance everyday but for me as an average person it makes me feel really really weak. I have to take naps everyday because my body gets tired and it makes it hard to find enough energy for the day. There are some days I honestly feel like an old lady going up the stairs because my whole body just feels so weak.
    Being skinny like this… it’s just as much of a problem as being obese. It might look different but there are similar health risks.
    If you’re someone considering on going on a diet, please make sure you’re staying healthy and that your goal isn’t to be underweight. The best way to look good and feel your best is eat healthy and stay active! You don’t have to be skinny to be beautiful. Just be healthy!

    On another note to Simon, that’s really exciting that you’re playing Windwaker (It’s the best Zelda game in my opinion) and I love the name you gave Link haha. Do you obsessively cut any grass you come across? Also you’ve met Beedle right? He’s my favourite with his “O-ohhhhh~~~!!!” noise, haha

    3 years ago
  77. Nia

    I’m from Spain and here, as soon as May starts, a whole lot of bunch of diets appear in preparation for what is known as “bikini operation”, basically losing weight to look better at the beach. The problem is that a lot of them aren’t healthy and create the yo-yo effect, meaning that as soon as they finish they put on the weight they lost and some more. I’ve heard of a lot of diets, including the atkins, the artichoke and a detox one that consisted on drinking and eating only detoxifing food for a week.
    Personally, I’m not tofond of dieting, I’ve never done it, but recently I started to change my lifestyle, by eating more fruit and vegetables, cutting a bit on carbs (that’s hard because a lot of food here has some form of carbs) and doing exercise, the most difficult part since I hate exercise!

    3 years ago
  78. AHAHAHAHAHAAHHAAHAHAAH ASSHOLE!!!!

    3 years ago
  79. Hi Simon and martina,

    My nutricionist taught me to drink the lemon/hot water “tea”. According to her, the lemon helps the body get rid of toxins, well mucus (according to her, to be more precise). However, she NEVER mentioned to have that alone and nothing else EVER. She asked for me to drink that in the morning (in an empty stomach)and 30 minutes later to have a full on breakfast. I have learned that with eating healthy, you can actually eat way more than you’d eat regularly and still loose weight. The pepper (as well as ginger – korean ginger tea yummy!!!!) are thermogenic foods and those help your body burn calories faster. Again, my nutritionist asked me to add red peppers to my diet, but NEVER have that alone. It is, to me, very sad to see people starving themselves in order to look a certain way, instead of changing habits into a healthy eating lifestyle.
    Here in Brazil there are all sorts of crazy diets, the protein based diet is one of the strongest ones… When I asked my nutritionist about it, her first answer was … So, you are one of those who do not understand your brain needs food and your kidneys do not need to be burdened … Needless to say, I was soon on a super healthy diet, trying all these different foods and veggies. It was really good!!!

    3 years ago
    • Geez ! I would totally follow those nutricionist tips. I think it would fit me well. But I’m intolerant to citrus T^T

      3 years ago
  80. Sorry for the incoming wall of text but this is something I feel VERY strongly about. My family is Korean so despite the fact that I’ve lived in Australia my whole life, the Korean perception of beauty and how to obtain it was very ingrained in me since I was young. My best friend from primary school developed an eating disorder in 10th grade and I NEVER NOTICED until she had to be fed through a tube at a hospital. The constant “losing weight = eating less (to point of starvation, not just cutting calories here and there)” was so normal to me that I never picked up the signs. When she ate individual pasta pieces by cutting them in half and chewing forty times, I just laughed and said, “OMG, you’re really taking this diet too seriously ahaha”. When I saw her putting her hands around her waist, I just shrugged it off and said, “All Asian girls go through wanting to lose weight….” Her “role models” for losing weight during that time was a lot of Korean celebrities too.

    And to top it all off, I was so close to falling off the edge last year with eating disorders. I was shocked by a girl from school who’d lost 18kg in 9 weeks by eating literally nothing. First, I only ate fruits and eggs, then I made sure I only ate 800 calories and exercised for 1-2 hours every day. It got to the point I would only eat 550 calories a day, or just binge-eat everything in sight then spend hours throwing it up later. This kind of thing messes you up for the rest of your life. It doesn’t only change how you see yourself, it changes WHO YOU ARE. I never became “skinny” but I wasn’t really a person. I became the calories that I’d try to calculate in my head or the fear in my stomach when I wondered if the simple carbs in that cup of skim milk would make me bloated later.

    This sounds harsh to say but when I look at how Korean girls and boys live with this being normal, I honestly feel like the entire country is suffering from some unfortunate “disease”. Like they’re all trapped in an illusion. Sometimes, the sheer amount of pressure to be beautiful and perfect that’s displayed EVERYWHERE can feel exhausting to be around. There are so many ways to be beautiful and you’re probably already so many of them. Your life and wellbeing is worth SO MUCH MORE than your insecurities.

    3 years ago
  81. Gonna be honest, I used to be anorexic and to lose weight I did both the laxative and medicine thing….;; Guys, it’s not healthy AT ALL! I was in the hospital for almost a month on rehab because I was so nutrition deprived and thin.

    I’m still thin but my weight is okay now. But girls and guys, don’t ever follow the diet trends of KPOP. Almost all of them are terrible! If you want to lose weight, go for a 10 minute walk each day and dance along to 3 KPOP songs; one after every meal. As for meals, skip out on the junk food but don’t be ridiculous! If overeating or under eating is a problem, this is the measurement I use: I place my hands side by side, palms facing down, thumbs tucked under so they’re even against each other, and use that to measure the general circumference (?) of how much to eat. Then I place one hand on top of the other to determine how tall it should stack.

    That’s just my advice, it’s worked for me. Also, drink plenty of tea! And no more coffee. As a Swede, it was incredibly difficult to give up coffee, but it’s really not that good for you. Tea is much healthier.

    3 years ago
  82. I find these diets really saddening, not just with idols but with everyday people. Surely itd be more rewarding to be healthy and thin than unhealthy. I suppose Im not one who has many problems with weight but you dont need to “cut out” anything in your diet per sey, you merely need to control the intake and make sure majority of what you eat isnt processed but natural (natural sugars, fats). The whole “energy use VS energy consumption” is a good one too ><

    3 years ago
  83. The Paleo Diet seems to be really in in Australia at the moment. Paleo cafes and restaurants have even opened up around Melbourne. By cutting out things like grains (so no bread or rice), sugar, dairy etc. it’s practically a low-carb if not a no-carb diet. Seems like a pretty legit and healthy way to lose weight (and detox at the same time) but for us Asians, I’d say it’s kinda tough: “no rice no life” after all!

    3 years ago
  84. I’ve never heard about the acetaminophen diet, what the HELL is that??? Ah yes, overdose on acetaminophen to make your body sick so it expels any food you have eaten. WHAT. Nothat’sSOSOSObadahh.

    From my personal experience, it can be difficult to stick to a lifestyle change when diet fads are advertised everywhere, even by famous celebrities that people look up to. I’ve had my own struggles with unhealthy diet fads, not worth it! The lifestyle change is harder but has muuuch better results in the long run. :) I’m glad Park Boram lost weight in a healthy way, I hope other Kpop stars will be able to follow suit!

    3 years ago
  85. When I want to lose weight i just stop eating out of the meals and eat more healthy things. For example I have only fruits and juice for breakfast ,a normal lunch and a little secret is avoiding carb for dinner. It can also help to make simple exercise for like 10min each day.
    Anyway I’m italian so dieting by skipping meals or something is not exactly possible, my family always ask me if I eat enough and say to me that I am to thin.. and going to my grandparents house means that I come back home with at least a bag of homemade food so..

    3 years ago
  86. I’ve never been one to think of diets. But as far as I’ve understood the 5:2 diet is pretty popular here in Sweden. For you who don’t know about it, you eat less or nothing two days a week and the rest of the week you eat like you usually do.
    One of my friends however heard about the diet “Banana Island” a while ago. Basically you eat only bananas. It is supposed to detoxicate your body and help you loose wheight. She really wanted to try it out. What made me really worried is that she’s thin. Her face has a rounder shape but she is far from chubby. On top of that she is always cold and she easily gets sick. Bananas aren’t really that nutritious and they can’t provide her with everything she needs! I just hope she eats properly now…
    So guys, if you are going to diet, make sure you know what it is all about and what side effects it can have before you start.

    3 years ago
  87. Cz

    I tried to diet once… i missed my food too much to continue :D

    3 years ago
  88. Interesting Timing I just started a new eating style, i don’t intend on it being a “diet”. Its also a thing in the west (currently living in china) the portion size plays a huge role in the whole thing. The timing that they eat the last few years have been a learning experience. I have learned a few tips, give up on the amount of sugar, drink more teas(without sugar :( ), and eat more vegetables and last but not least everything in moderation.

    3 years ago
  89. I have actually tried one of those diets. Here (United States), It is called the Master Cleanse or the Lemonade diet. You take the hot water, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and pure grade A maple syrup and drink it for about 20 something days. It is suppose to detoxify your liver and get rid of any impurities. I did it for two days and literally the taste alone was hard to stomach. I couldn’t take anymore, I had to quit. Plus, by like day 10 or 11 you’re suppose to down salt water that gives you the craps! Not kidding explosive diarrhea, everywhere. My mom committed to 21 days so I observed her while she was doing this.

    However, recently, I have not heard of any new diet trends. They are actually encouraging people to eat 6 meals a day, eat whole foods, and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. (Maybe that is just me, because I am into fitness and I’m trying to get fit for my own sake so I don’t keep up with the diet trends.) Although, I did hear something about a gluten-free diet a while ago; but I don’t think that it is a trend anymore because it has been proven that it causes people to gain weight rather than lose it, especially if you aren’t allergic to gluten.

    Right now in America, there are fitness trends. The trend is called “thigh gabs.” I swear everybody is killing their inner thighs to get thigh gabs but it depends on your bone structure. For most people, they will have to reconstruct their entire bone structure to get thigh gabs. It is physically impossible for some people to achieve; but most exercise trainers promise that you can achieve it.

    3 years ago
    • You keep saying “thigh gabs”
      It’s “Thigh gaP” because there is a gaP between your thighs :)
      At first i thought it was a typing error, but I saw it repeated so I thought I’d let you know

      2 years ago
    • I really wish the whole gluten-free thing weren’t still a trend. But where I live–Burlington, VT–there are LOTS of people trying to avoid gluten. Because I work in food service, I get asked all the time for gluten free options, if the soup has gluten, stuff like that. But people here aren’t doing it because they want to lose weight, they do it because they think it’s healthier.

      3 years ago
      • Just a comment on the gluten free thing – Gluten free isn’t always a choice. With some people it’s an imperative.

        I have something called coeliac’s disease. In the simplest way, my body cannot process gluten and when I do have anything that contains wheat/barley/rye/etc, my body reacts as if it has been poisoned. Reactions can go from nosebleeds and fully body rashes to vomiting and seisures.

        I hate how I have to ask for gluten free wherever I go, and I always feel guilty. I don’t want to be picky with what I eat, but the alternative is far worse.

        3 years ago
        • I didn’t mean to offend anyone. I only said it was a trend diet here because I once heard Miley Cyrus was on it. I know that there are people who are really allergic to gluten, but for those who aren’t I would consider it a trend because they are only do it because so and so is; not because they are truly allergic to it.

          3 years ago
      • I don’t think you should necessarily take that as a negative thing.
        I am allergic to gluten, and there are many people who think the gluten-free thing is just a hype,
        and it makes me really sad when they see that as only a negative thing.
        Surely not all of those people are like me, but thanks to people having more interest in that diet option,
        my experience dining out has not been no lonely and embarrassing as it used to be.
        Before, people would always ask me why I need to be so picky or something along that line.
        And by the way, gluten-free cards are healthier since they contain less carbs.
        Hope you understood my point.

        3 years ago
      • Yeah I worked in bakery and was so frustrating being asked so many times we had gluten-free! SURE around the corner at the bottom of that tiny fridge.

        3 years ago
  90. Ahh this really upsets me :/ I have had experience/ and know people with legitimate eating disorders and whenever I see people on restrictive diets it makes me so mad cause thats where it all starts! That one comment about your chubby arms or your thunder thighs by someone and it sends you right over the edge. Not to mention the fact that when your brain is starved of nutrients you are more likely to experience other mental issues like anxiety and depression and it really is a downward spiral. Personally, its been a long road health wise but now I eat as much food as I want but its all the right foods! (lots of fruits and veggies with a bit of protein and grain here and there). Sorry for that rant but this stuff really strikes a chord with me

    3 years ago
  91. Hi I feel the same way when I first got into kpop I went on this mad diet so i can look like my idols but after I found out what they do to make themselves thin I stop but now I feel really bad for them, i think the thines group out there is F(x) (like amber,Victoria, and krystal) the rest of the members are thin but those 3 don’t look heathy I really want my idols eating right. Eatyourkimchi fighting!!!

    3 years ago
  92. Tia

    Oh! the “Witches” soup sounds just like my grandmas Cabbage soup which I know is really popular for dieting but its actually quite tasty :)

    In regards to the other diets..it’s sad but unfortunately it’s something we expect everywhere. :( The Lemon detox diet is one rumored that Beyonce did and she lost 20 pounds in 2 weeks and it’s Lemon juice, cayenne pepper and Maple Syrup and that’s all you consume for all 3 meals. The Cayenne is supposed to speed up your metabolism, the lemon burns fat and the Syrup is just to keep you going on a sugar high. It’s terrible that some people choose these methods rather than just eating healthy.

    3 years ago
    • I have been trying to find this soup all over and I cannot! You should share your grandma’s recipe please :) :)

      2 years ago
  93. I have never understood diets. It’s a temporary fix. Don’t eat to much crap and don’t eat more then you need. that together with exercise is a better long term solution. Diets have always seen like the bad lazy people fix. I have never understood why the focus is on weight either when it should be on fat as they are not the same thing. there is so much weird things going around in media that ain’t correct. But it might be that as a guy I just won’t understand.

    3 years ago
    • I understand. I think its not a diet. Because If you want to stay healthy you need to change the bad habits, in another words change your lifestyle is more relevant to say then dieting… Im only thinking of these super skinny models when I hear dieting =-=

      3 years ago
  94. Ohhh I used to dance and we did the penguin exercise. Hmm I have lost like 8cm around my waist on 4 months. But I eat healthy and on the third hour i eat. I eat LCHF and it works for me ^^ I have tried the popular swedish trend dieting… hate it… ate only diet shakes and pudding… it was horrible… you starve yourself with that! after I tried to not to eat bread or sweets. also a popular trend here is to work out. Its healty but I know people who becomes sick because of they train too much :/

    3 years ago
    • ohh did I mention I have been starving myself when I was younger? It works but not in the length. When I started to eat 4 times a day I felt better and I lost weight.

      3 years ago
  95. I’ve tried diet pills, exercise, and supplement drinks. I have to be careful with the supplement drinks that they don’t contain dairy or soy, since I cannot have that due to allergies.

    The best thing to do, count your calories!!! Eat healthy foods that are low in calories and exercise. Weight Watchers is popular in North America and the idea of it is very good and probably one of the healthier options.

    The biggest frustration is when you plateau with your weight. *Plateau meaning your weight doesn’t go down….* But keep pushing, eat right, and exercise!

    I was 128lbs/58.06 kg. I decided, that’s too much weight for me so I went on a diet. I was seeing on Pinterest this exercise route that claimed to burn 100 calories. The break-down:

    40 jumping jacks
    30 crunches or sit-ups
    20 squats
    10 push-ups

    100 Calories burned!

    I did this for two months and wrote down everything I ate with the calories. I lost almost 10 lbs/4.5 kg! That’s healthy because I cut down eating out and was making sure to eat only healthy things, even if I ate out. It is cheaper to do this and substitute sweets for fruits and eat good starches and watch the bread!!! Oh, drink lots of water. You think you’re drinking enough water? Think again…. I drink about 5000 ml/160 oz of water in an 8 hour period of time. This will help you lose the weight and keep yourself hydrated in the summer/winter times.

    I don’t get why North Americans love bread but I don’t crave it.

    Oh don’t forget to count your drinks that have calories in it. Water is your new best friend!

    I’m still doing the exercise and calorie counting but don’t do anything unhealthy!

    3 years ago
    • I’m not sure 5l of water in 8h is very healthy… It’s probably a pain in the ass the amount of times you have to pee =P
      If you’re eating right and exercising to keep yourself fit and your weight plateaus I always took it as that was my body telling me that was the perfect ratio of body mass. If you still wanna lose more I’d say the you should do small, intense bursts of exercise followed by longer, stable periods of it and then vigorous ones again during a workout, that way your body won’t adapt to the rhythm and difficulty level. It’s important to rest a couple days a week too

      3 years ago
  96. I’ve been on Jenny Craig for about 2 years now. (still on it) –the Australian Jenny Craig btw.

    Its really good, very alike to weight watches or Lite ‘n’ Easy (but I think that might be just an Australian company, not sure)

    If your doing a full 7 day meal plan. You get three ready made meals a day, mostly frozen and 3 snacks a day. All of this is ready made and given to you weekly. However you do HAVE to eat extra stuff, depending on the kilojoule level. So like, 2 milk, 3 vegetable and 1 extra grain serve a day. But these are quite small and you ad them on to your meals.

    I do 7000 kilojoules meal plan, because I’m young and I workout 1 to 2 hrs a day. And in a day, I gotta have 2 fruit, 3 veg, 2 grain, 2 meat, 2 milk, 2 fat serves. But these are small extras to make sure you’re getting in everything. So like 1 fat serve is margarine or a tablespoon of avocado on a thin slice of wholemeal bread which would be 1 grain serve.

    And of course 3 litres of water a day, hugely important to weight loss.

    You go into Jenny Craig once a week with a person there who talks to you one on one for however long you want, about your progress. Then you get your food for the next week and your on your way.

    At Jenny Craig they really stress that it is a lifestyle change. I’ve never pushed or told that I need to try harder when I’m finding it difficult or I’m not losing weight fast enough. They’re very supportive and they just want to help you make positive changes.

    Not to mention they throw truck loads of informative books, journals, weight lose trackers and diaries at you.

    Only down side, it can be quite expensive. Okay I’ll stop fanning about, like a Jenny craig Cheerleader.
    However I have lost 23 kilos (50 lbs?) but I want to get to 29kilos (63lbs)

    3 years ago
    • I forgot about Jenny Craig! But the whole idea of these dieting programs is to watch portions and what you’re eating… Easy to eat too much with the way some countries put too much food on your plate….

      3 years ago
  97. My friend used to only eat a small lunch when she dieted, it made me so sad to see her not eating enough and being tired all the time. I am actually on this spark peoples diet with my mother at the moment (mostly because we are broke and it is cheap haha) but it is focused on healthy losing weight, it gives you a daily meal plan and gives you workout tools.

    3 years ago
  98. I used to basically starve myself, by eating only 1 meal a day (mainly lunch), but those ‘diets’ are extreme measures even I would never consider trying. As of right now, I still weigh 103-104 lbs (I’m very short for an 18 year old also), but I have added a little bit of exercise in order to energize myself for college and start a new healthy lifestyle for me, as I recently went through a stomach problem due to malnutrition.
    P.S. Asshole hahaha, that’s the best name in wind waker now cx

    3 years ago
  99. martina sound so sad when she talked about those diet pill =(

    3 years ago
  100. Thank goodness – you guise are back! Thought you’d disappeared into thin air — get it? THIN air??

    Sorry, just light headed from that sweet potato I ate yesterday… and the chips and pizza I had tonight.

    3 years ago
    • Hahaha. Well, next week is gonna be a very empty week, because we’re on a road-trip around Korean from Sunday to Saturday. We’ll be shooting lots of FAPFAPs and WANKs outside of Seoul, but that means a bit of a quiet week. EEP!

      3 years ago
  101. In Australia, weight-loss and health drinks/shakes and protein bars are really popular. I personally HATE them, and there’s loads of false advertising where they don’t outline how dangerous overdosing can be. My sister learned this the hard way. She was running late for work one day and decided to have 3 heaped tablespoons of a ‘health’ drink powder on an empty stomach. What she didn’t realise was that the powder, supposedly ‘green tea’ based, had been caffeine enhanced; the energy source. The recommended serving was 1/4 teaspoon per 500ml, so by having 3 heaped tablespoons (approx. 6 regular), her caffeine intake was the equivalent to roughly 50 cups of full strength coffee.

    Anyhoo, later that morning she collapsed on the train and had to be rushed to hospital to be treated for caffeine poisoning.

    Scary. D:

    3 years ago
  102. Of all the diet trends I have seen, the 5/2 diet is what I’ve seen around that’s the most effective. It’s a diet where 5 days of the week you can eat anything you like, yes anything at all. And then 2 days you fast, which means eating 500 calories. These two days cannot be consecutive (that would be called starving), so choose two days for example monday and thursdays. You can get special protein powder for the fasting days that has all the nutrients you need so you still get everything your body needs.
    This is also a life-style change. When you eat a lot every day your body has an excess amount of energy so instead of repairing damaged cells in your body it creates new ones. By fasting your body doesn’t get this excess, just gets what it needs, and hence instead of creating new cells it repairs the old ones. That’s why this diet is supposedly good against cancer, as cancer is pretty much the creation of a bunch of new cells. Anyways it really works and the taste experience after the fasting days is incredible, it’s like you’re tasting everything for the first time. The first week or two can be a bit difficult to get used to but after then it’s a walk in the park.

    I do agree that korean diets (and I’d even say asian diets generally) are often very extreme and can’t possibly be healthy. when wanting to lose weight it is ALWAYS important to watch out for ones body and do something healthy. Often in the entertainment business though it becomes more about the day to day rewards than the long-term rewards of having a healthy body. It’s really a shame!

    3 years ago
  103. diet? what diet? you’ve been to singapore, you know how awesome and fatty our food is. how can we give up eating those awesome, delicious, high cholesterol, diabetes inducing food?

    lol all jokes aside, i dont know what are the diet trends here in singapore, most of the time i see commercials like slimming centres or slimming pills. i dont actually have any friends going on a strict diet to slim down

    3 years ago
  104. As someone who lives at home… you eat whatever food the mother unit has set on the table, you either eat that or you eat nothing at all … however if you are lucky you might get a 30 min lecture on “Back in my day… famine… war… potato skins… starve… and then he died.”

    3 years ago
    • yeah, eating at home has its own perks. i eat at home too, occasionally when mom cooks something i dont like and chooses not to eat, i’ll get that “back in my day… no meat… just rice with soy sauce… you lucky ingrate… eat your food.”

      3 years ago
  105. Just today, CBC news reported that some NBA stars are bringing the Atkins diet back. Basically it means high in fatty foods, low in carbs.

    My boss/friend said he just did the carnivore diet where it’s no carb, but loads of meat. Let’s just say he needed bread and I don’t think it worked…

    I do tend to go on a diet when I’m away at university. After 1st year, I ended up losing quite a bit of weight. I used to be chubby, but after an easy diet, lost a lot. It’s really similar to a combination of each of these Kpop diets. So I won’t discredit them.

    3 years ago
    • The lack of bread was really painful for us. We made a cauliflower bread instead, which was delicious, but a lot of work to make. But, still, delicious.

      3 years ago
      • I have gone off bread for long periods of time though I think that because I’m Chinese, I use rice as a substitute for my carbs. However, I tend to do what my mom does and eat less rice, more of the other dishes.

        3 years ago
  106. You know what I’ve got to say about these crazy diets? This:

    Buttered popcorn softserve, salted caramel popcorn chunks, white chocolate dip and a salted caramel filled cone…

    http://photos-c.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xfa1/10598678_1451258388475546_1771883288_n.jpg

    3 years ago
    • Oh man. I just had Tillamook ( brand here in Oregon ) Salted Caramel and Hazelnut ice cream, and just about died, it’s that good. Usually you’d put stuff on ice cream, but this needs absolutely nothing. I think I went to heaven while eating it. *_*

      3 years ago
    • Mmmmm that looks so good! It’s 2 am in California right now and I am insanely jealous (and really hungry). :)

      3 years ago