Diet Methods of 6 Korean Actresses

With Covid restrictions, weight loss/ maintenance has become more challenging than ever. To inspire you on your journey to health and goal weight, here are the diet journeys of six Korean actresses!

1. Jung So Min

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Jung So Min is a 32 year old Korean actress born in 1989, under Blossom Entertainment. She’s most well known for her works like “The Smile has left your eyes”

Photo credits Actor Seo In Guk and actress Jung So Min in drama “The smile has left your eyes” (2018)
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“Because this is my first life”,

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Photo credits Actress Jung So Min and actor Lee Min Gi in “Because this is my first life” (2017)


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Photo credits Actor Kim Yeong Gwang and actress Jung So Min in “D-day” (2015)
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and “My father is strange”.

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Photo credits Actress Jung So Min and actor Lee Jun in “My father’s strange” (2017)

As someone who used to dance through most of her academic years, Jung So Min had always been a fit and lean actress. But after she put on a little weight for her role in drama “Playful Kiss” (2010), she garnered much attention for her 10kg weight loss in preparation for her subsequent roles in “D-day” and “My father’s strange”.

Her diet method received much attention in Korean media because of the healthy and gradual way she lost the 10kg over a year and a half.

First, she revealed in an interview that she grew various plants and fruits, like cabbage, chilli pepper, tomatoes and blueberries in the small garden in the balcony of her home. To maintain her health while losing weight, she enjoyed growing and eating the fruits and vegetables in her back garden.

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Photo credits The garden and balcony of Jung So Min’s house, which she revealed in the variety show “Little Forest” (2019)

She also made sure to eat Korean cuisine for lunch

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and cut down the portion of her dinner, but made sure to include food high in fiber.

“Little Forest” (SBS, 2019)

She exercised by taking walks,

Credits: Jung So Min’s instagram

and going for yoga and pilates classes.

To tone up her legs and relax her body, she stretched frequently and visited oriental medicine clinics for acupuncture treatment.

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Using all these methods, she successfully lost back the 10kg she had gained while filming “Playful kiss” over a period of 1.5 years.

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2. Go Min Si

Go Min Si is a 26 year old Korean actress born in 1995, under Mystic Story. She’s a rising young star most well known for her works in “The Witch: Part 1: The Subversion”

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Photo credits Movie “The Witch: Part 1: The Subversion” (2018)- actress Go Min Si and actress Kim Da Mi
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Netflix hit “Sweet Home” (2020)

스위트홈' 씹어먹은 여고생 고민시…'마녀'보다 13㎏ 뺐죠 > 채널 | 밴쿠버 중앙일보
Photo Credits “Sweet home” (2020)
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Photo Credits Actress Go Min Si and actor Lee Do Hyun

and “Love Alarm”

Love Alarm" Actress Go Min Si In Talks To Join "Jirisan" Opposite Jun Ji  Hyun And Ju Ji Hoon - Koreaboo
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Go Min Si revealed in an interview that she deliberately put on weight for her role in “The Witch: Part 1: The Subversion” to about 58kg, but got back her weight of 48kg for her ballerina role in “Sweet Home”.

She enjoys various exercises, like yoga,

영화 마녀 배우 고민시 요가룩도 섹시 소화 S라인 볼륨몸매 : 네이버 포스트
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and hiking, even with her fellow “Sweet Home” colleagues like Park Gyu Yeong

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Photo credits with fellow actress Park Gyu Yeong

and Lee Si Young.

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Photo credits with fellow actress Lee Si Young

3. Kang So Ra

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Kang So Ra is a 31 year old Korean actress born in 1990, under Plum A&C. She’s most well known for her works like “Secret Zoo”,

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Photo Credits Movie “Sunny” (2011)
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and “Misaeng”

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She’s also well known for losing approximately 24kg to achieve her goal of enrolling into Dong-guk University as an acting student, and eventually debuting as an actress. In her interview, she revealed that she adhered to 3 rules for her diet:

First, to never over-eat, and to eat all three meals. She had yogurt and fruit for breakfast, 1/2 bowl of rice and vegetable-based side dishes,

and for dinner, cabbage, sweet potatoes and beef.

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Second, she did not eat after 6pm, refraining from eating “ya-shik” (snacks eaten at night).

Third, she kept herself as active as possible. On top of engaging in aerobic workouts, she also took up ballet.

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4. Lee Ill Hwa

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Lee Ill Hwa is a 50 year old Korean actress born in 1972, under Big Boss Entertainment. She’s a veteran actress known for countless dramas and movies, but most well known to the younger audience for recent works like the Reply series (1994, 1997, 1988)

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Photo credits Reply 1994, when she starred as lead actress Go Ara’s mum
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Photo credits Reply 1997, when she starred as lead actress Jung Eun Ji’s mum

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Photo credits Reply 1998, when she starred as lead actress Hyeri’s mum

“Master of Revenge”

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and “She was Pretty”

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Even at age 50, Lee Ill Hwa is known for her slim and fit figure. In the photo of her with Park Bo Gum on the trip to Phuket in their team of “Reply 1998” actors, she was initially mistaken for Park Bo Gum’s rumored girlfriend!

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Photo credits Lee Ill Hwa and Park Bo Gum on their trip to Phuket with their fellow “Reply 1998” actors

Lee Ill Hwa, in her interviews, said that she had taken ballet classes at “Korean National Ballet Academy”, which helped her to become more flexible and tone up her legs. Her hobbies also include exercises like regular hiking and yoga.

On top of exercise, Ill Hwa regularly drinks boiled water made from barley and brown rice

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and detox juice made from fresh fruits and vegetables.

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It’s no wonder she’s a diet inspiration to many even at her age!

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5. Kim Yoo Jung

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Kim Yoo Jung is a 21 year old actress born in 1999 under awesome.ent. She’s most well known for her works like

“Love in the Moonlight”

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Photo Credits Drama “Love in the Moonlight”; actors Kwak Dong Yeon, Park Bo Gum with actress Kim Yoo Jung

“Secret Door”

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Photo credits Drama “Secret door” (2014)

and “Moon Embracing the Sun”.

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Photo Credits “Moon Embracing the Sun” (2012)

To maintain her weight, Kim Yoo Jung sticks to a diet consisting of cabbage, salad and sweet pumpkins on filming days, but on her off-days, tries to add more nutritious food like sweet potato rice to her diet. She munches on healthy snacks like dried crispy yellowtail (fish), too.

She was frequently seen at the gym engaged in cross-fit.

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6. Jung Yumi

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Jung Yu Mi is a 38 year old actress born in 1983, under Management Soop. She’s most well known for her works like “Train to Busan”

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Photo Credits Actor Ma Dong Suk and actress Jung Yu Mi in movie “Train to Busan” (2016)

“I Need Romance”

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Actor Lee Jin Wook and actress Jung Yu Mi in “I need romance” (2012)

“The School Nurse Files”

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Photo Credits “School Nurse Files” (2020)

and “Discovery of Romance”.

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Photo Credits “Discovery of Love” (2014)

To maintain her lean figure, she enjoys a variety of exercises like Tanz play,

Photo Credits From Jung Yumi’s instagram

bungee physio,

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Photo credits from Jung Yumi’s instagram


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and attends Personal Training (PT) sessions as well.

Photo credits Jung Yu Mi’s PT trainer (FIY: who also trained other celebs like Hyun Bin)

On the variety show “Summer Vacation”, she revealed that although she sticks to protein shakes on filming days, she tries to focus on eating healthy meals and exercises portion control.

여름방학 정유미 박서준 최우석 '닭가슴살 카레밥' 만드는 방법
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