Hold up, there's something called the K-Pop Diet?!

Lashonde Lavelle Christian
October 19, 2020
5 minutes
So, besides music and TV dramas, K-Pop has also transcended into food?! We’re confused by how much we didn’t know this and also how out-of-this-world this sounds.
Apparently though, you can ‘look exactly like your favourite K-Pop artists’.
We read up about all things on following what is known to be a ‘K-Pop Diet’ and we think, you need to attempt this at least once, just so that you can see if it’s actually worth your hunger!

What is it?

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The K-Pop Diet, is also known as the Korean Weight Loss diet. What it is, is basically a whole-foods-based diet inspired by traditional Korean cuisine and is rather popular among many. The diet which came about a few years back, was created so that us, common folk, could lose some weight and potentially have them ‘skinny bods’.
The diet, greatly relies on consuming minimally-processed foods and minimizing the intake of processed, fat-rich or sugary foods. But food isn’t all, because the diet also consists of doing exercises known as K-Pop Workouts.


What can it do for you?

Over the years, the diet has become a popular weight-loss plan because, it has been promoted as a healthy way to lose weight without giving up your favourite foods, to have clearer skin and to generally just boost your health in the long run.

The vegetables, fruits and kimchi in the diet has been said to help protect against various types of heart conditions. Besides that, the limiting in dairy consumptions which increases production of insulin has also been said to reduce acne.

What do you need to do?

A few rules you would need to follow, if you would like to have a fit and (we’re assuming) healthy body, would be to first, consume lesser calories.
The diet doesn’t specify down to the number calorie cut/intake, but it does suggest that you take in Korean recipes like soups, and plenty of vegetables, to cut those calories and feel full at the same time.
Besides that, the K-Pop diet also advices regular exercises and eating little to none oily food. Sauces and seasonings should be avoided as well, together with eating out. Also be reminded, to follow the diet, you’re encouraged to REPLACE soda with water and cookies, sweets, ice cream and other baked goods with fresh fruits. Oh, and snacking is a big no-no.

What can you eat?

Vegetables and fruits, should of course, be your main everything when you start this diet. Whether it’s raw, cooked or fermented, all vegetables are 100% diet approved. This goes the same for fruits too. In fact, they should substitute all the sweet stuff you were previously consuming.
Eggs, meat, fish and seafood should also be added in SMALL portions at every meal you have. But what if they aren’t enough? Well, then you can find meat substitutes like tofu, dried shiitake, and king oyster mushrooms, to replace all that meat you’ll certainly be craving.
Rice and other wheat-free grains like dumplings, pancakes, or glass noodles made from mung bean, potato, or tapioca starch are also highly encouraged.
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All food though, must be taken in with moderation, so that you’re not feeling overly hungry, low in energy, or extremely full. Here are some examples, on how your days could look like if you decide to do the diet.

Day 1
Breakfast: Vegetable omelet
Lunch: Kimchi-vegetable soup with meat or tofu
Dinner: Fried rice and vegetables

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Day 2
Breakfast: Korean pancakes filled with vegetables, shiitake, or seafood
Lunch: Bibimbap - a Korean rice dish made with egg, vegetables, and meat or tofu
Dinner: Japchae - a Korean glass noodle stir-fry

Image via Jessica Gavin

Day 3
Breakfast: Mandoo - Korean meat or vegetable dumplings made with rice and tapioca flour
Lunch: Spicy Korean coleslaw salad
Dinner: Kimbap (also known as Korean sushi rolls) filled with your choice of vegetables, avocado, shrimp, or tofu

Image via Chef Julie Yoon

What’s the catch?

Nevertheless, to every high, there is a low.
The K-Pop diet, amidst all its goodness, can also be bad to a certain extent. For one, it places unnecessary emphasis on physical appearance. The diet suggests that you need to lose weight and look like all your favourite K-Pop idols, which really, isn’t right and can promote a series of eating disorders.
Besides that, there isn’t enough scientific/medical guidelines and guidance into following the diet. As a matter of fact, the lack thereof, could potentially mess the balance of one’s body.
As fun and exciting as it can be from starting a new diet plan, many ordinary people who have experimented on it, have also cautioned and discouraged it in the long run.


So, do you follow it? Here’s what we think!
As we’re well informed, the K-Pop music industry has a lot of set expectations for their singers when it comes to physical appearance. As a means to uphold certain standards, many K-Pop artists abide by this diet to maintain their lean figure.
A lot of times though, those standards can send the wrong messages to fans and young people out there on what beauty is and how one ‘should’ look, which definitely, isn’t right or okay.

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However, trying out something new for the health purposes of your body and to see what works best for you, so long as your heart and mind is in the right place, probably isn’t as harmful. After all, a healthy mind starts with a healthy body.  
So, we think, if you believe you can handle it, why not give this K-Pop Diet a go? If anything, to at least see just what it’s like in the everyday life of all your favourite K-Pop stars!

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