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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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  1. 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.

    2 years ago
  2. 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! =)

    2 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.

      2 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 ;)

      2 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.

        2 years ago
  3. 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?

    2 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

      2 years ago
  4. I felt really shocked when I was watching Lee Hi’s 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.

    2 years ago
  5. 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

    2 years ago
  6. 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:

    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.

    2 years ago
  7. 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…

    2 years ago
  8. 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

    2 years ago
  9. 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.

    2 years ago
  10. 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

    2 years ago
  11. 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!

    2 years ago

    2 years ago
  13. 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!!!

    2 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

      2 years ago
  14. 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.

    2 years ago
  15. 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.

    2 years ago
  16. 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 ><

    2 years ago
  17. 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!

    2 years ago
  18. 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!

    2 years ago
  19. 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..

    2 years ago
  20. 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.

    2 years ago
  21. Cz

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

    2 years ago
  22. 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.

    2 years ago
  23. 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.

    2 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.

      2 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.

        2 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.

          2 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.

        2 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.

        2 years ago
  24. 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

    2 years ago
  25. 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!!!

    2 years ago
  26. 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.

    2 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
  27. 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.

    2 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 =-=

      2 years ago
  28. 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 :/

    2 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.

      2 years ago
  29. 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!

    2 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

      2 years ago
  30. 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)

    2 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….

      2 years ago
  31. 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.

    2 years ago
  32. 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

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

    2 years ago
  34. 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.

    2 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!

      2 years ago
  35. 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:

    2 years ago
  36. 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!

    2 years ago
  37. 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

    2 years ago
  38. 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.”

    2 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.”

      2 years ago
  39. 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.

    2 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.

      2 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.

        2 years ago
  40. 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…


    2 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. *_*

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

      2 years ago