When it comes to diets and weight loss, any number of experts, nutritionists and doctors can give their opinions on the best ways to shed pounds and live a healthier life. But it seems as though some cultures seem to effortlessly stay fit and healthy without fad diets or deprivations. To lose weight and become healthier, following a traditional Korean diet may be the secret to true healthy living without the hype.
Less Meat, More Fish
Much of the Korean diet focuses on fish, which is readily available and locally caught. What's more, the Korean diet doesn't revolve around red meat like many North American meals do. Fish is an addition to the meal and is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids. Fish makes for a high-nutrient, low-impact food, notes "The Korean Diet" by Rosemary Ferraro.
By adding low-mercury fish to your diet, you can eat less calories while staying satisfied for more weight loss. Treating other meats as a side or a method to flavoring food rather than as the purpose of the entire meal can help lower your fat intake.
Vegetables and rice make up around 70 percent of the Korean diet, notes BeachBody.com writer Cecilia H. Lee. Instead of focusing on fats and protein, Koreans focus on vegetables, noodles and fresh foods. Koreans eat kimchi, a pickled vegetable, at nearly every meal as a condiment. "Health" magazine has heralded kimchi as one of the healthiest foods in the world. It helps to fill you up with vitamins A and C, while fresh brown rice and noodles are non-refined sources of carbohydrates, which are metabolized quickly in the body.
By choosing a diet high in vegetables, whole grains and occasionally lean meat and fats, you can see a drastic change in how you look and feel in comparison to when you're eating a traditional North American diet.
In North America, it's easy to rely on television and computers for your entertainment. But in Korea, hiking is the national pastime, according to "Asiance" magazine. Both South and North Korea are very mountainous, making it ideal for hiking and rock climbing. By staying active, the Korean people keep slim and healthy.
Most metropolitan South Korean cities offer public transportation, and many locations are within walking distance. By opting to walk, ride bikes or find public transpiration, Koreans are using their bodies as their main form of transportation, shedding calories and fat with every step.
- "The Korean Diet"; Rosemary Ferraro; 2008
- BeachBody.com: Why Korean Women Don't Get Fat
- "Health": World's Healthiest Foods: Kimchi
- "Asiance": 10 Korean Customs To Know Before You Visit Korea