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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 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 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!


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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