The season is coming to get that summer bod on. The perfect slim body is idolised in Korea, which obviously makes most women conscious of their own body. Korean women seem to be on a lifelong journey of either losing weight or maintaining their thin frame. These Korean beauty methods range from normal to outright bizarre. Despite these diets being popular, their effectiveness and impact on health is not widely known.
Selective and Restrictive
The traditional Korean diet mostly consists of rice, vegetables and fish, so overall it is healthier in comparison to many Western dishes. However, Korean barbecues, noodles and other delicious fried goods are slowly replacing the traditional and simpler dishes for young sociable Seoulites. Korean women who are watching their weight are selective with the food they eat, and even try to replace rice (with tofu or vegetables) or use certain ingredients (such as vinegar) in dishes to reduce calories.
No Food After 7pm
Many women keep rules to prevent weight gain, not so much as to lose fat. Not eating anything after 7pm isn’t as easy as you might think. In Korea, work hours are long, normally finishing late in the evening, and many workers are required to eat after work meals (회식). Other social gatherings often start late in the evening. Students finish academy at roughly 10pm, but most study at home even later. It is completely normal for a house to settle down and go to sleep at roughly midnight. Keeping this rule is very tough and a huge sacrifice.
This trend is virtually unheard of out of Asia, but many people in the East believe that massage can slim down the body. Unlike calming and therapeutic massage, it is believed that painful rolling and squeezing drains the lymph, boost circulation and pops fat molecules. Some women (especially middle aged) incorporate it into their daily lives. Many Korean living rooms accommodate huge Hula-hoops with painful bumps, spiked thigh rollers and face-shapers.
One Food Diet
This diet has been around for a long time, always returning with a new ‘fad’ diet food to eat instead of meals. So far, the most popular have been egg whites, sweet potatoes, and soy milk. Although these have been sworn to keep hunger at bay, while burning fat, this diet is mostly a myth as people do not control quantity. Most recently, the sports drink Pocari Sweat is starting to gain popularity in this diet.
Diet Pills And Medicine
The diet supplement industry in Korea is huge. There is a variety of pills, tablets, powders, syrups and more available for consumers. These products work by restricting the absorption of oil, reducing the appetite, increasing metabolism, or bloating food in the stomach. Chinese herbal medicine is a popular alternative as many people believe that natural ingredients will have less harmful effects. An assortment of herbs and root extracts can be prescribed for specific needs.
Many working people simply don’t have time to prepare their own meals, let alone prepare a fresh and healthy low calorie one. Even if they are on a diet, they want variety, high quality and good tasting meals, which are hard to find on the streets. Diet meal delivery services are growing in popularity. Korean food delivery is popular anyway, but these diet companies prepare daily fresh meals and deliver it straight to your home or work place. A monthly meal plan can cost around 60,000 won, but it depends on the daily plan.
One Meal / Cup diet
There are too many delicious dishes in Korea, so it is understandable that replacing all of it with salads and vegetables would drive someone crazy. Instead of replacing their food with unappetising options, the quantity of food is restricted. So instead of eating a bowl of noodles, they only eat the amount in a small paper cup or eating only one meal a day (often breakfast). Although it may not be the healthiest method, people can get the results they want while eating what they want.
Acupressure And Acupuncture
Acupressure and acupuncture are alternative medical techniques, which follows the belief that the body is connected through channels, and that certain points can influence other parts of the body. Many pressure points have been said to relieve pressure and relax, and certain triggers in the knee and ear are supposed to suppress appetite. However, it is highly likely that pressing points in the ear does not attribute to the change of body weight, and may be a placebo effect.
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