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    That is fantastic about your weight loss. I am also wanting to shed about 30 lbs. I am incorporating yoga, running, hiking and walking. Plus lots of raw vegan food like green smoothies, green salads etc. I plan to make my own saurkraut and of course my kimchi. I love Maangchi’s recipe- it looks delicious. I think moderate amounts of rice plus a couple side salads and a nice flavored soup- mild or spicy is perfect! It’s comforting and nourishing. The only drawback I see in Korean cooking is high sodium levels so I will just control that when I make the food. Unfortunatley my husband is not a lover of food like I am but he can be adventurous. That’s why I haven’t really kept up Korean cooking but NO MORE! Get ready to smell the stink of Kim chi honey! yum, I love it!ha!ha!




    Wow, congratz.

    Really it’s amazing cause I’m trying to lose wieght and its really not easy. Takes a lot of commitment and control.



    That’s fanastic news! If I ever get a handle on my portion control and impulse buys, I’ll hopefully start dropping some weight as well.



    Very cool that you’ve lost nearly 100 lbs. I tend to eat a lot of homemade tacos and burgers because I love my meats and then I start to see the fat accumulate.

    On half cup of rice and banchan’s with soup, I lose weight a lot easier after a workout then with Westernized food then workout.

    As for the high sodium, drink a lot of water throughout the day and also you can cut down on the soy sauce or get low sodium soy sauce. There are ways to limit sodium intake, so that’s not too hard at all.



    Wow, he has lost lots of his weight. I have, too. I am very small and have never been overweighed, but I have experienced something since I started to cook Korean dishes that I learn from Maangchi’s site. I eat three meals daily, which had never been happen to me, and still lose weight. I don’t know how I can explain. Anyhow since I started cooking Korean food, I don’t want to have such candies or sweets at all.

    I don’t’ know this is true or not – I researched the fact that Sesame oil is good at those patients who have high blood pressure or diabetes.

    I feel like Maangchi is my mother. Well, I had completely lost my appetite for food since I lost my mother in 2005. Plus, I had hardly cooked home anyway. I didn’t know how to cook and had never been interested in cooking. Now it’s totally different. I love cooking Korean food. I think the videos uploading from Maangchi make me cook. Whenever I watch her cooking videos, I want to go grocery shopping to try them. It works for me, haha. Wish you all the best.




    oh,Your mom will be proud of you in heaven! I’m proud of you, too because you seem to be a person who tries to get what you want! “Since I started cooking Korean food, I don’t want to have such candies or sweets at all.” That’s a good tip! Thanks a lot!



    wow @ tentsuyu, you are a great inspiration. reading about your experience motivates me even more to learn cooking korean food… i have medical issues regarding weight gain and infertility due to hormonal imbalance, if this will help me loose more weight while doing exercise it will keep me away from relying on medications and hopefully a few more years from now me and my husband will be able to conceive :-)




    You’re not the only person who found the miracle in eating korean food. I was told that a foreigner who had high blood pressure before he went to work in Korea. After sometime there eating the local food, he discovered that his is no longer diagnosed with high blood pressure. Even his doctor was amazed with the results.

    Grats on you losing weight. I too need to do some serious dieting but I simply love foods of all kinds, namely spicy food.

    @ maangchi

    My first time posting here. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us. I’ve been trying some of them out and they are part of my regular meals almost every week. Luv yah. Hugz*




    wow thats nice and thats a lot of lbs,,thanks to maangchi,,shes an angel,,a very humble person..a heavens gift,,

    Maangchi씨 좋은 성격이 있습니다.

    for learning korean i wish i can lend you my book my teacher made this book for us,, you can learn all the basic stuff grammars and some advance korean,,plus it has pictures and all the korean food is there,,its a huge book,,ㅋㅋㅋㅋits only $6 but i dunno how much is the shipping fee for germany

    ㅎㅎ..i will try to upload it online but i have to ask his permission first ㅎㅎㅎ,,anyways you can also try watching kPop and Kdramas its entertaining at the same time u can pick up some korean words,,



    This story is amazing! I’m new to the site, but i switched my eating habits about a week ago, and started eating Korean food only. I’ve had great results, so far in a week I’ve lost 2 pounds (I’m from the U.S). When I used to eat American food i always used to come home extremely bloated even if I’d barely eaten a thing, the food just didn’t agree with me. After switching to Korean food, i wake up with a flat stomach and go to sleep with one. It’s great! This website helps SO much. The food is amazing. 감사합니다!




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    I’ve been following Maangchi’s Korean food site/blog for a ‘very’ long time now. And finally decided to sign on after reading the weight loss Blog… so here goes with a little meaningful background first… My family and I have been eating Korean food since 1984 when a young South Korean student came over to do his Graduate studies in the USA… We met him one day when he came to buy a car and adopted our family because he liked us and /or he liked my husband’s straightforward style …??? … Just like that he became my preteen daughters’ older brother (oppa) and the son (adul) we never had (sort of)… When not on campus going to his classes or out with his friends, he hung out with us learning to fit in and practice his English skills, which rapidly became comfortable… Not more than a year later he persuaded my husband to mentor him and get him a job working together, while he continued his studies… From Roy (his Americanized name) we learned to enjoy eating Korean food and watching Korean Movies while I slowly learned a little vocabulary… Meanwhile we came to appreciate Korean theatrical performances (Pansori, etc) that were sponsored by the university, which at the time were few and far between… as for sports events, my husband, my girls and Roy would often go without me (movies, museums and galleries are more my style) …Since there were no Korean Grocery stores like Lotte, or HMart, here in the 1980s & early 90s and very few Korean restaurants as well… we learned to cook at home with Roy who happily brought the ingredients that came from far far way (NYC and much later from across the Potomac in Virginia) and took over the kitchen with our girls as helpers….I can’t tell you how delicious those eventful productions were… With Roy’s help, over time we learned by trial and error how to know a descent restaurant by their panjan, their pajun, their soups, their BBQ, and Bibimbap… Personally I love the kimchi and heamul Pajun, the Haedopbap, and Kimchi djigae best …actually, I’ll eat practically anything Korean as long as it’s not moving (literally) …Interestingly my daughters are even more critical than I am (if you can call it that) …If a restaurant can’t make something as simple as Bibimbap or Tchap Tchae which we can easily and do make at home…Well they can forget it… and…We do have our favorites…Truthfully, Roy spoiled us in the process… Today, it’s gotten really easy to go out for “good” (authentic) Korean Food, which can be found ‘E’verywhere… It’s as popular here as Chinese, Italian, Thai or Indian food (in that order); and, let’s not forget the Sushi, by any other name is just as much Korean fare (love it as Haedupbap best)… I know my family considers itself very fortunate to be in a location such as WashingtonDC where practically all the Korean ingredients and resources have become easily available.

    Sadly, we lost touch with Roy some time after he got married (his wedding was a very special experience for us) …Still, for the previous ten years, he had been an integral part of our family’s casual and formal events with friends, family or with our girls and just us… In the meantime the girls had gone off to college and lives of their own themselves… and for years after we periodically reminisced about Roy, whether he had a family, how many children he might have, how they were doing, and if they had returned to their wished for Korean homeland or not (life for South Korea by then had changed dramatically…its people had finally regained their freedom from an oppressive military dictatorship that lasted 30 years)… Nevertheless, for us, Korean Food remained a significant part of our weekly meals because a really good restaurant had opened within a short walk from our house that we frequented very ‘very’ often… In time we got to know the owners, a young couple who treated us with the same deference they provided their Korean guests…They must have known we were in love with their culture… because we felt welcomed and accepted…part of their regular crowd… Periodically they would introduce us to different regional dishes, such as Toshisal style BBQ… and our food tastes increased with the seasonal menus…it was wonderful…we had our own Korean restaurant we proudly took friends and family to…the food was consistently that good… somewhere along the way my lovely husband died and several years later the restaurant was sold to a couple whose touch is not that good…Oh well…c’est la vie… Eventually I discovered Lotte, which was grand … then HMart came along which was a huge place and closer to home …later still, another Lotte opened nearby and I started to do my daily/weekly grocery shopping there as well …If I don’t feel like cooking I can pick up hot food that I can eat on site or take home (I’m alone now and there’s no one to cook for so why not, besides my husband would have loved it just as much as I)

    …Overall I eat Korean food so often that I never even noticed that I lost a considerable amount of weight over the last five years (The weight was slowly falling off and I didn’t feel a thing…nor did I lose any sleep because the hunger pains had just vanished… In effect, I simply quit thinking about food… First off, let me tell you I am Diabetic (have been for what feels like centuries)… Second, I enjoy ‘good’ food (Yum)… and third I am a ‘volume’ eater (always have been)… Common sense tells me that even though I am no dietician and what I know is based on the prescribed Diabetic Diet I am supposed to follow… I think I have figured out exactly why we all have been able to lose weight after years of failure…the only portion control required here, is the Rice and the Meat (animal products)… because practically everything else is ‘Free Food’ (literally)… and this is why… 1) there are very few starchy vegetables other than rice in the Korean diet… 2) 90% of the vegetables are of the very low calorie variety… 3) 99% of the time it’s eaten RAW even when it’s hot or at room temperature (which I love)… 4) raw food takes far and away longer to digest, leaving us feeling satisfied all the time… and 5) it’s low in fat… So there you have it the best tasting health food diet in the world and by whatever means it took to get here we have found it…Hip Hip Hooray I Say… Still, I cannot say that I am no longer Diabetic (that will never happen) but things have improved for me dramatically…I have more energy…my mood swings have evened out dramatically… I’m not always hungry… and… what’s more I don’t feel guilty about what I eat when I cheat because with this Korean food style it’s easy to calculate it in once a week (which I have to do anyway since I’m Diabetic…Grrrrr)… so here we are…happy to tell you that you are all doing great… and that I am pleased for all of you as well… I may not know you but you are kindred spirits for me and I’m proud to count myself as one of you who made it to this place in your lives…

    …As for myself… since I’m retired… I’ve decided to… 1) go back to school and get my Master’s degree for the fun of it… 2) learn more of the Korean Culture through their language while taking courses and watching the Kdramas on CableTV (my personal treat)… 3) play with my granddaughter who lives in NYC more often… 4) eat my way across (South) Korea someday… So, that’s the plan for the next 20 years … sort of… SeeYa … I’ll try to stay in touch …. Thank You Maangchi for being in the right place at the right time…I wish you the best… Oh, and thanks for letting me share…



    im very excited to read this. . maybe i should try to make korean food from now.:)

    i knew that korean people thought that eating as a medicine..

    and i ever ate kimchi and it can weight lost, but the taste seems too weird for me. but its oke.. it just unusually for me

    i want try to make the other recipes..

    to make fat get away from my body…

    thanks to maangchi.. your very meaningful… :)

    glad to know this site :)



    Down 5 pounds in three weeks. I come home from work, have a nice bowl of kimchi and cold rice with a glass of wine, scrub some rice and let it soak then make some soup and banchan. Stash what I don’t eat for another day. I’ve been doing this for about a month and I am really happy with my general health and the two notches i’ve lost in my belt.

    This is wonderful. I will continue and share with friends. My goal is to lose a lot more weight, Kimchi is key. It’s so delicious and filling but not fatty.

    Not to be vulgar, but my digestive tract very much enjoys a Korean diet.



    Bravo and congrats to Chris who lost 42kg in 1 year.

    I personally lost 10kg ( just checked) in the course of 4-6 months. I have been eating mostly rice in my life as I was born and raised in Indonesia. But only recently I saw the wisdom in my grandmother’s nagging to eat a complete breakfast bright early in the morning. I used to think that it’s too heavy and much to eat rice meals in the morning.

    Well as it turn out since I found Maangchi’s site, I have been eating rice with soup and 1 extra banchan as breakfast. I cook my vegetable banchan and soup every other day and my meat banchan weekly the portioned out and freeze to eat throughout the week. With the exception of yukgaejang and ganjatang. When Maangchi wrote 2-3 servings, it turned into 5-6 servings for me.

    I am very lazy to cook for every single meal and every day. So with korean food! it’s easier on me. I just need to make the different kimchi in one go once a month. Then just need to cook rice when I get out of bed every morning and either cook my soup or vegetable banchan while I take my shower. By the time I’m done and ready to sit down for breakfast, my soup, rice and banchan are ready to serve. My kids don’t like vegetables but they don’t mind eating my kongnamul, sukjunamul, chwinamul and jorim. They always ask for second lunch or after school treats.

    I used to eat rice on a big plate but now I eat my rice in small japanese rice bowls I bought at Daisho and occasionally in korean rice bowls with lid whenever my korean boyfriend come into town.

    All I do is just weigh myself every other week, change my plate into small rice bowl and eat huge breakfast in the mornings and I ended up losing 10kg after 16weeks. When I got started, I weighed in at 65,8kg and this morning I weighed in at 55,2kg.

    I also recently found out that Korea ( only got data on the south) is the 1 country with the lowest obesity population of 5%. So Chris, you got a lot to be proud of when you can lose all the weight and easily keep it off. Korean food does make it very easy to keep our fat at bay and our weight in check.

    Big thanks to Maangchi for sharing her accurate recipes without holding back anything so we can all cook great tasting and healthy food for our family or replicate tastes that we missed



    Wow! Congratulations for losing 42kg. I am inspired, In fact, my husband and I have been thinking about losing some weight this summer. I thought about cooking Korean soup and stew since they are healthy and I just started last night. I am so grateful to read your testimony and will go on this adventure and see how much weight I can lose.

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