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Let’s face it: shedding those extra pounds can be a real struggle despite trying out numerous methods. Sometimes it feels like those last few stubborn kilos just won’t budge, no matter how much effort we put in.

Your favourite Korean celebrities face the same problem and many of them have created their own slimming methods that they have used to maintain their slim physiques.

Please note that many of the diets featured are not recommended for long-term use due to their extreme nature and unhealthily low-calorie intake.

It’s always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before embarking on any significant dietary changes.

This article is intended for you to take a glimpse into what celebrities do to achieve their ideal weight.

IU’s “5kg Sweet Potato Weight Loss Method”

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Beloved South Korean singer-songwriter and actress who has captured hearts with her musical prowess, IU!

IU, known as the “National Sister” during her early career, made significant efforts to transform herself from a chubby appearance to a slim and beautiful figure.

At one point, she followed the extreme “sweet potato diet,” which is often considered quite intense. She consumed only about 300 calories a day!

While this method has helped IU shed 5kg in just one week, she herself has advised against using it for an extended period, as it could have adverse effects on your health.

Here’s what her daily meals looked like:

  • Breakfast: One apple
  • Lunch: Two sweet potatoes
  • Dinner: A cup of protein beverage

IU’s “One-Week Diet Plan”

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If you find the previous method a bit too extreme, here’s another one-week weight loss plan by IU that’s a little more manageable.

It’s also important to note that while it may have worked well for IU, individual transformation results can vary. Hence, we recommend consulting with a healthcare professional before beginning any diet.

Day 1:

  • Breakfast: One apple and a cup of black coffee or milk
  • Lunch: Milk and corn with sweet potatoes or purple potatoes
  • Dinner: Milk or yoghurt and a boiled egg

Day 2:

  • Breakfast: One apple with black coffee and an egg
  • Lunch: Steamed vegetables with purple potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, or pumpkin
  • Dinner: One apple with milk or yoghurt

Day 3:

  • Breakfast: One apple and one egg
  • Lunch: Purple or sweet potatoes with chicken breast
  • Dinner: One apple with milk or yoghurt

Day 4:

  • Breakfast: One apple with coffee
  • Lunch: Oatmeal porridge with sweet potato, purple potato, corn, or pumpkin
  • Dinner: Yoghurt with vegetable salad or boiled vegetables

Day 5:

  • Breakfast: One cup of soy milk or milk with one apple
  • Lunch: Corn and yoghurt
  • Dinner: Milk and chicken breast

Day 6:

  • Breakfast: Two apples with one cup of yoghurt
  • Lunch: Porridge with purple potato or sweet potato
  • Dinner: Milk and fruit salad

Day 7:

  • Breakfast: Two apples and one cup of yoghurt
  • Lunch: Purple potato or sweet potato with millet porridge
  • Dinner: Yoghurt and chicken breast

If you’re tired of having the same apple for a whole week, you can also consider substituting apples for low-sugar fruits such as strawberries, dragon fruit, blueberries, or kiwi.

Park Shin-Hye’s “One-Month Cucumber Diet”

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Park Shin-Hye, a cherished Korean celebrity, is celebrated for her natural beauty and exceptional acting skills. She has left an indelible mark with her roles in popular K-dramas like The Heirs, Pinocchio, and Sisyphus: The Myth.

However, her journey to stardom wasn’t without its challenges. During her early days in the film industry, she was said to be on the curvier side, which led her to receive criticism from netizens.

Park Shin-Hye then embarked on a weight loss journey that has successfully helped her shed 10 kg in just one month through her “cucumber diet” plan.

However, it’s worth noting that this diet can lead to nutritional imbalances, so it’s not recommended for long-term adoption for your health and well-being.

  • Breakfast: One cucumber and a cup of low-fat milk
  • Lunch: Half a bowl of brown rice and a small amount of cabbage
  • Dinner: One cucumber and a small amount of cabbage

Additionally, you can consume red bean water or pumpkin water to help reduce water retention.

As with any extreme diet, it’s essential to approach it with caution and only try it when in extreme need. Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet is generally a better long-term approach to weight management.

Red Velvet’s Joy’s “Diet Plan During Comeback Period”

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Park Soo-young, better known as Joy, is a versatile South Korean talent. She made her debut as a member of the popular South Korean girl group Red Velvet in August 2014.

In the early days of her career, Joy was navigating through her teenage years, and like many of us during that time, she had those adorable chubby cheeks.

Standing at 167cm tall, she sometimes appeared taller than her fellow Red Velvet members, and her round cheeks didn’t always do her justice on camera.

Eventually, she shed those extra pounds and revealed a sizzling physique. This transformation earned her the well-deserved title of Red Velvet’s sexy icon. Her impressively sleek and toned legs have left many of us in sheer admiration.

Joy has openly shared that she follows a stricter diet regimen during her weight loss journey, and here’s a glimpse of her daily meal plan:

  • Breakfast: Cauliflower and apple
  • Lunch: Chicken breast salad
  • Dinner: Protein beverage

Joy’s disciplined approach to her diet during comeback periods has contributed to her impressive transformation and her role as Red Velvet’s sensual representative.

Red Velvet Wendy’s “Intense Weight Loss Diet”

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Wendy’s journey in the entertainment world hit a roadblock due to her weight, and she endured criticism from netizens for her size after joining Red Velvet.

Nevertheless, she proved that anything is possible when she shed those extra pounds through a rigorous diet regimen.

In recent years, Wendy has transformed her physique, even showcasing a set of well-defined abs. Achieving her current look was no walk in the park.

  • Breakfast: A smoothie with black beans, milk, apples, and cabbage.
  • Lunch: Dig into a hearty chicken salad.
  • Dinner: Wrap it up with a high-protein smoothie or some comforting plain pumpkin soup.
  • Exercise: She goes the extra mile with 10,000 jump rope repetitions.

Kim Se-Jeong’s “23-Day, 5kg Diet”

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After Busted 2 hit Netflix, Kim Se-Jeong turned heads with her noticeably slimmer figure compared to her appearance in the first season three years prior.

She’s got a reputation for being pretty strict when it comes to keeping her body in shape. During the filming of The Office Blind Date, she managed to shed 5kg in just 23 days to better fit her character. And let’s not forget that her toned look in Busted was hard to miss.

This girl’s got the whole transformation game on point with these diet plan:

  • Breakfast: A simple combo of fruit and yoghurt.
  • Lunch: Keep it light with a tuna salad.
  • Dinner: Enjoy a satisfying chicken breast salad or dive into some tuna with tofu sushi.
  • Snacks: For those midday cravings, she opts for sweet potatoes or a handful of nuts.

MAMAMOO’s Moonbyul’s “Sweet Potato Diet”

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It’s no secret that many female celebrities love their sweet potato diet, including Moonbyul.

Just like many of our favourite K-celebs, Moonbyul had her fair share of challenges during her trainee days when her debut group removed her due to her weight, which must have been heartbreaking for her!

But that setback didn’t stop her. In fact, she bounced back in style, shedding a remarkable 14 kg to secure her debut. To achieve rapid weight loss, she turned to the “sweet potato diet,” which offers low-calorie meals that keep hunger at bay.

Here’s a peek at her daily meals:

  • Breakfast: Kickstart the day with two sweet potatoes and a cup of milk
  • Lunch: Midday cravings? Sweet potatoes it is, along with some low-calorie cereal and a boiled egg
  • Dinner: Wrap up the day with another helping of two sweet potatoes

Featured image credit: @dlwlrma, @_imyour_joy, & @clean_0828

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