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The Kpop Diets: 8 Foods Kpop Idols Eat

Jason Park
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There are many different foods kpop idols eat. Here is a list list of the most common foods kpop idols eat.

It’s great when you’re following a kpop diet or looking to lose weight, and these foods are high in nutrients are recommended by many professionals.

Studies have shown that eating these foods increases energy which could make you more productive throughout the day. Many idols that are dieting are eating one of these foods and focus on one mainly because that’s what works the best.

What I mean by this is that you shouldn’t eat all these foods just because they’re on the list. Make sure to track your calories and avoid snacking.

Those are the two easiest ways to lose weight. Another easy way to lose weight is to start exercising. Let’s get right to the 8 foods kpop idols like to eat.

1. Salads

Salads are extremely healthy when dieting, and most people make a mistake by eating too much or adding too much dressing. This is something you should avoid, especially if you’re on a diet. The majority of people that eat salads, including kpop idols, often eat too much.

For kpop idols, this is where professional trainers help them. Suppose you don’t have a personal trainer. You have to track the calories yourself and avoid overeating. Overeating is a huge mistake for most people, and it slips very easily if you don’t stay focused.

I made this mistake myself many times, but now I only put on the plate what I can eat. This helps me avoid overeating and gaining weight unconsciously.

2. Seaweed Soup 

Seaweed soup is great for people that want to diet but also feel full. The best and easiest way to eat/drink seaweed soup is by adding some plain rice to it. It won’t add many calories while still feeling decently full. You won’t get hungry for a couple of hours.

This is a trick many Kpop idols use when trying to lose weight. They eat plain rice with low-calories while also mixing it with seaweed soup. You can also add some kimchi as a side dish for some extra flavor.

The food isn’t bad and really helps with dieting. It might not be easy and if you don’t like seaweed in general. I suggest it’s better to try another food that’s on the list that you like better.

3. Kimchi


Kimchi is very well known in Korea and also traditional food. Many idols eat kimchi as a side dish, but it’s also great for dieting. There’s a 14-day kimchi diet that might be interesting for you to check out. 

The majority of the idols really like eating kimchi, and it works great when dieting. If you haven’t tried the kimchi diet, I highly recommend you do it since it’s one of the best diets I’ve followed. Many people ask why kimchi is added to the list when it’s basically a side dish.

The reason is that you can mix kimchi with a lot of other dishes. It’s not good to eat kimchi solely alone, so avoid doing this. Try different dishes like kimchi jjigae or kimchi pancakes. Those are very popular amongst idols and teens.

Kimchi is known to have many health benefits like improving the immune system and much more. Try eating kimchi once in a while to get the benefits.

4. Salmon 

Salmon is generally known to be very healthy. You can see that almost all bodybuilders eat this, so why do Kpop idols eat salmon. Salmon is high in fats and protein, which are great for healing the muscles.

Kpop idols dance up to 10+ hours each day, and they get tired. This is where salmon is great.

Almost all idols have salmon in their diets unless they don’t like it. What I’ve been doing for the last couple of months is meal prepping. My meals include salmon each week because it’s healthy and I like it. 

This is one of the foods Kpop idols really like to eat instead of plain rice with kimchi. There are many different ways to cook salmon. Most of the time, their professional trainers or chefs cook the food for the idols. 

5. Eggs 

Eggs are known to be very good, while not all idols like them it’s still healthy. Many idols have eggs in their diet because it’s included by the personal trainer.

It’s always the personal trainer that helps the idols create their diet plans for the week.

Suppose you’re trying to lose weight and don’t know where to start. Eating a couple of eggs each day instead of candy is a great way to start. Try avoiding eating calorie meals like chocolate or fried chicken, and you don’t see idols eating that.

So, if you’re trying to follow what Kpop idols eat, then avoiding high-calorie meals is a great plan. Try to create a diet that suits your lifestyle this way, and you won’t starve yourself while dieting.

6. Broccoli 

Broccoli is something you don’t see idols eat very often, and it’s probably because most of the idols don’t like it.

However, broccoli is something that’s very healthy and is great for health overall. Many kpop diets that are similar to the BTS diet have some kind of vegetables in them.

For this list, we’ve included broccoli because we’ve seen some idols eat them. If you’ve never eaten broccoli before, you might live inside a closet, or you don’t like it all.

However, make sure to try it since idols eat it too. Broccoli is one of the foods eat when they’re at home relaxing from their performances and comebacks.

Give it a try and see for yourself. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it.

7. Chicken Breasts

Chicken breasts are very well known in kpop diets. You see them in almost all kpop diets. Chicken breasts are known to be very healthy, and professional trainers highly recommend that idols eat them.

It’s possible that there’s almost no taste in these chicken breasts, but it’s really worth it.

Especially idols that perform a lot need to keep their diet in check 24/7. Idols that have a comeback every couple of months really need to eat healthily.

If they don’t eat healthily, you can see it in their performances. This is why idols should eat healthy at all times; however, when they’re not working, they can eat whatever they want. Idols shouldn’t be forced to eat something in their free time.

8. Sweet Potato

Sweet Potatoes can be found in IU’s Diet, and this diet is a bit more extreme than others. It’s also known as a crash diet. Crash diets are diets where idols eat very little to nothing for a couple of weeks before the comeback.

Once the comeback and promotion time is over, they’ll get back to their normal diet. This isn’t healthy at all because if they do this too many times, it could lead to serious problems later on in life. That’s why finding a healthy diet that suits their lifestyle is the best.

Sweet potatoes are great, and many Kpop idols like them because it’s something sweet. Most of the other foods have almost no taste, whereas sweet potatoes do.

If you’re on a diet, make sure to try some sweet potatoes since they’re great for weight loss and dieting. Give it a try and see if you like it. Maybe you can change your whole diet to a sweet potato diet.

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Congratulations, you’ve read the whole article. Now that you know all the foods the majority of the kpop idols eat. It’s time to add some of these to your own diet. These foods are great for weight loss so if you’re trying to diet, try one of these foods.

There are many different foods that idols eat, but this list is quite similar to the foods idols eat in real life. It’s nothing fancy because the idols need to be in shape every time they perform, it might sound really harsh for them, but that’s the reality.

Many idols can’t even choose what they want to eat unless they’re in the company building. Entertainment buildings have cafeterias where the idols can pick their own food, but when they’re not at the company, they’re often eating these foods that are on the list. 

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    Jason Park

    Jason has been living in Seoul for over 4 years, and during that time, he has experienced many of the city's hidden stores. He loves to write about his experiences and share them with others. Jason has been quoted and referenced by different major media companies like Mashed, Distractify, ThePrint and TastingTable. In his free time, he likes to watch Korean dramas and learn more about Korean culture.

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