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amcnutt



Joined: 22 Mar 2010

PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:45 pm    Post subject: Gaining weight? Reply with quote

I've heard many people state that they've gained weight in Korea. I'm going to be there in a few months, and I was wondering why this is.
I thought Korean food was quite healthy, and many Koreans aren't overweight.
Do people just eat a lot of rice? Or do people eat out a lot at restaurants (which can have lots of calories in sauces and stuff)?
I just wanted to know what to watch out for. I'm not overweight or skinny, pretty average weight but I don't want to balloon in Seoul Razz
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NYC_Gal



Joined: 08 Dec 2009

PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're a health nut, it can be rough, especially the first few months if you can't communicate your dietary needs.

Try to find brown rice. Just about every food here comes loaded with salty sauce, and almost everything has meat in it.

If you eat out, expect white rice.

Healthy is relative, mind you. When Koreans tell me that their diet is healthier than my diet was back home, I go into detail about what I ate at home. They are usually surprised that an American could eat healthily. I was in the culinary capital of the world, though. France has amazing food, but none of the variety.

Also, if anyone knows where I can find cottage cheese, brazil nuts, goji berries that are edible (not the tea-making kind that I find readily here), etc, let me know! I'll be picking up some vegetarian rennet when I visit home next month, but it'd be nice to be able to find some decent cottage cheese and not have to make paneer as a substitute all the time.
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Banana_Man



Joined: 01 Mar 2010
Location: Busan

PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of people struggle to figure things out - eating well can be a little tough (esp at the start) and tendencies to eat fried chicken / bacon / hamburgers develop as they are much easier. It helps to know a bit of the language and to know where to search - once you get it down eating healthily (IMO) is easier here.

edit:for terrible spelling.
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vastrei4



Joined: 14 Dec 2009

PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Gaining weight? Reply with quote

amcnutt wrote:
I've heard many people state that they've gained weight in Korea. I'm going to be there in a few months, and I was wondering why this is.
I thought Korean food was quite healthy, and many Koreans aren't overweight.
Do people just eat a lot of rice? Or do people eat out a lot at restaurants (which can have lots of calories in sauces and stuff)?
I just wanted to know what to watch out for. I'm not overweight or skinny, pretty average weight but I don't want to balloon in Seoul Razz


I lost weight after coming to Korea. 10% overall. I think the "fast food" here is a bit healthier...but it is all in what you choose.
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probablylauren



Joined: 18 Jul 2009
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My solution (well at least I'm fooling myself) is Bibambap. I figure its better than the Battered/Fried Fish/Pork cutlets or BBQ Chicken and Beer.

Plus it's cheap.
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madtownhustl



Joined: 04 Jun 2009

PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the only way you'll gain a significant amount of weight is if you eat western food all the time. i feel its like defying gravity if you get fat off of korean food. bibimbap, mandu, gimbap, samgyetang, kalbi, etc...
and drinking doesn't help Smile
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fugitive chicken



Joined: 20 Apr 2010
Location: Bucheon

PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem is that Korean's version of Western food is all fatty foods. They really don't have any healthy western foods here. And if your one who can't really cook and buy all the western crud they sell, then your probably gonna gain weight. If you stick to certain Korean food or experiment with cooking then you should be okay. I actually lost a little weight since coming here.

Generally I experiment with cooking healthy western foods while replacing a few ingredients with stuff I can find here. Stir frys using oriental salad dressing are my favorite.
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AsiaESLbound



Joined: 07 Jan 2010
Location: Truck Stop Missouri

PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I eat much more fried food and boiled eggs in Korea due to a lack of oven baked food and having no oven in my apartment. I haven't had pizza yet, but see pizza restaurants. It's pricey.

In America, I really don't eat much fried food as I prefer baked and grilled foods. I mostly grill in my apartment with olive oil in a skillet since that's all I have other than boiled eggs. You could easily set that small 2 burner range on an oven box unit if you can get the right sized oven to do it with. I haven't seen anything like that yet, but know small microwave sized toaster ovens are available. I want convection. Fried foods really do make you gain weight such as served at school more times than not due to all that oil. No ovens.
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balzor



Joined: 14 Feb 2009

PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i buy meats and veggies, some curry mix and sauces. last night i made a fish curry with veggies and apples mixed in put it over some jasmine rice and keep the portion size average and it was a great meal had a 영만두 for a snack later or make some stirfry with same ingredients. its not hard to eat healty I have fast food once in a blue moon and an occasional pizza here and there( they are 5,000 at pizza school). no soda, only water and some juice and the occasional KGB. aside from that, Ramen and a deli sandwich fromt he family mart constitutes 90% of my meals in Korea. mix that with some exercise and I have lost 18kg's so far since last year
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Bloopity Bloop



Joined: 26 Apr 2009
Location: Seoul yo

PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

probablylauren wrote:
My solution (well at least I'm fooling myself) is Bibambap. I figure its better than the Battered/Fried Fish/Pork cutlets or BBQ Chicken and Beer.

Plus it's cheap.


Oh no. Not the BBBAP! Wait til Senior finds this thread, lol.

I'd rather eat BBQ chicken than bibimbap anyday. White rice is one of the worst things you can eat. Totally useless and killer on your blood sugar level.
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salgichawa



Joined: 18 Mar 2010

PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Gaining weight? Reply with quote

amcnutt wrote:
I've heard many people state that they've gained weight in Korea. I'm going to be there in a few months, and I was wondering why this is.
I thought Korean food was quite healthy, and many Koreans aren't overweight.
Do people just eat a lot of rice? Or do people eat out a lot at restaurants (which can have lots of calories in sauces and stuff)?
I just wanted to know what to watch out for. I'm not overweight or skinny, pretty average weight