Hyunmoo always finishes eating in 5 minutes [Happy Together/2020.02.27]On February 28, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
(The in-depth study of Hyunmoo’s eating habits) You are getting ambitious now that you’re on TV again. (Subject 2 is getting a lot of one dish.) Why are you on TV? (Going for carbs) You have to start lightly at first. – Chocolate? There was chocolate? / – For dessert. (It’s his first plate, and he even gets dessert.) (He is the first one to start eating.) I eat fast. Even when I was in the army, I ate faster than others. Eating fast is the problem. And I like food with strong flavors. Also, I only go for the food I always eat. I always eat gimbap. I eat too much gimbap. That’s… (Because he is busy, he always gets easy-to-eat meals.) I eat fast food too fast, and I do it too often. It can’t be good for my health. One of the bad habits I still have is eating fast. – You eat fast. / – I eat fast. I sit down first and finish first. (Jun Hyunmoo’s Fast-eating Habit) It’s the annex of KBS. I’d like – ramyeon. / – You love ramyeon. I do. I always get ramyeon when I’m here. I always came here and ate ramyeon and budae jjigae. – Did you really? / – You can order just one serving. You should recommend a dish to me. – Spicy chili ramyeon. / – You like that. – Their rabokki is good too. / – Really? Should we order 1 ramyeon, 1 rabokki, and one budae jjigae? – Do you want budae jjigae? / – I like budae jjigae. – You serve budae jjigae, right? / – Yes, we do. One order of dumplings too. (Ramyeon, rabokki, budae jjigae, dumplings) – Isn’t it too much? / – I love dumplings so much. – Dumplings? / – I want to have… (Ramyeon, rabokki, budae jjigae, dumplings) I want jjolmyeon too. How many are we… – We are here to eat, so… / – Jjolmyeon? – I love jjolmyeon. / – There’s only one cook. 4 out of the 5 dishes are noodle dishes. I don’t know why ramyeon tastes so good in those restaurants. Hyunmoo’s eating habit is similar to mine. But… – Rabboki and ramyeon. / – I like them too. – They are great. / – Noodle dishes are all good. Rabboki is really good. (Carbs are the main cause of weight gain.) – Fried seaweed noodle roll. / – My gosh. (Ramyeon dishes, the main cause, are served.) Ramyeon is the best noodle dish. I love ramyeon. – Rabboki looks great too. / – She makes good food. (Noodle dishes fill the table.) – Enjoy. / – Enjoy. (He first goes for his favorite, ramyeon.) (He swallows it after chewing three times.) How did you manage to make four dishes so quickly? He swallowed it after chewing three times. You can’t chew ramyeon for too long. – It just slides down your throat. / – It does. (He goes for the second slurping.) It’s great. (He’s impatient, and the noodles are hot.) (Most Koreans can relate.) Ramyeon doesn’t taste as good if you chew it for a long time. You have to swallow it when you think you haven’t chewed enough. Without chewing? I think I chew about three times. (Why do you eat so fast?) Eating slowly just made me furious. It’s bad for my mental health. My body could get healthier, but it made me furious inside. I need to swallow it when it’s still lumpy. Only then it feels like I’m eating something. When it becomes too mushy… It’s tough for me. (52 percent of Koreans finish eating in 10 minutes.) It’s nice. (To Hyunmoo…) The three ramyeon dishes all taste different. (Food is all about swallowing.) (He’s already scratching the bottom.) You already finished it. – You are so fast. / – I am done. (Eating speed and adult diseases) It’s spicy chili ramyeon, but it’s not too spicy. (The faster you eat, the more likely you’ll get sick.) It’s not spicy? Do you eat spicy food well? (The faster you eat,) (the higher the cholesterol level gets.) That’s one hearty broth. – It’s so spicy. / – How is that spicy? It’s too spicy. You should put rice in it. Saeho doesn’t eat much. – I ate everything. / – Saeho doesn’t eat? – I eat very slowly. / – He’s sassy. You ate two ramyeons. (Why do you want to go on a diet for a month?) When I watch cable channels, I can see myself on TV shows that aired 3 or 4 years ago. I nearly puked because I hated how I looked so much. I was so ugly that I felt sorry for the viewers. I am a TV personality. I don’t necessarily have to look handsome, but I shouldn’t look bad. (Who are you?) He’s got a warm smile. He looks a bit like Noh Joohyun. – He’s got a warm smile. / – What is that? He looked a bit like Noh Joohyun. I know. I thought he was Mr. Noh. I feel even sorrier because you are my age. You know that people born in 1977 are very stubborn. I don’t feel bad because you are stubborn. You might die. If I continue living like this? No, I’m afraid that you might die soon. Recently, my college friend passed away. My college friends are all doctors. 200 of us gathered and said, – it’s about time we pass away one by one. / – Gosh. That’s just based on statistics. Some do it for good looks. No, I’d do it for health. A lot of my doctor friends exercise to survive – because we know we die otherwise. / – Even doctors? Yes. – He sounded scary at the end. / – That’s scary. Did you say that because you’re worried that – Hyunmoo might die soon? / – Oh, no. We hear about people in their 40s meeting sudden death. We hear about colleagues and people on TV dying that way. Some celebrities in their 40s have died suddenly. – But why? Why did they die? / – Why did they die? It’s because of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular problems. Did the number increase because of the eating habits? It’s because of people’s eating habits. Compared to 100 years ago, our eating habits changed a lot. If Hyunmoo collapses on the way home – Suddenly. / – and dies at an Emergency Room, as a doctor, I would check his cholesterol level. And I would think it happened for a reason. You wouldn’t be surprised. – You wouldn’t be surprised. / – Right. Let’s check Hyunmoo’s result. He’s 173cm tall. He weighs 78kg. BMI is 26.1. It’s slightly high. Your body fat percentage is 26. Here’s the blood test result. Overall cholesterol level is high. But in particular, LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol level is nearly 160. Even as we speak, this bad cholesterol is slowly blocking the blood vessels in your brain and in your heart. That’s the bad cholesterol. Is there good cholesterol too? Yes. HDL cholesterol is good cholesterol. – It’s good if that one is high. / – That’s right. Why is it good if that’s high? That cholesterol takes the fat residues in the blood vessels and removes them. That’s why we call it the good cholesterol. You need a balanced ratio of those cholesterols. But if we look at Hyunmoo’s diet, which is similar to many people’s, there’s a very high ratio of carbs. What’s wrong with the habit of eating fast? I am trying to eat slower, but it’s not easy. Once we start eating, hormones are released from our intestines. The hormones tell you that you’ve had enough and that you should stop. But if you eat before those hormones get released, your appetite is not curbed, and you end up eating a lot without control within that time. Some people finish eating in five minutes. And there are people who eat slowly and take 15 minutes to eat. People who eat fast have 1.8 times increased risk of developing hyperlipidemia. There’s 23 times increased risk of developing a fatty liver. Getting into the habit of eating slower will make you eat less. Is there a recommended eating time? We recommend that you take 15 to 20 minutes. That’s long. What are the good habits they need to lose weight in a healthy way? Rather than removing one habit, it’s better to add one good habit. It’s different from other diets. People go on a diet to join a competition – or to shoot a body profile photo. / – Right. Some variety shows show celebrities losing weight fast. – Right. / – Right. But once you are done, – you bounce right back. / – Right. So add a habit that’s easy-to-do and easy to keep to your routine. If you keep it for four weeks, it will become your lifelong habit. My personal goal is to see you being healthy 10 to 20 years from now. Can you tell us about your solution? Here were my suggestions for Hyunhee. One was eating child-sized portions. It enables her to see how much she eats. It’s about eating less. She has to see how much she eats. Next, I suggested that she brushes her teeth before and after a meal to control her appetite. – “Brush her teeth”? / – That was my suggestion. When you brush your teeth… The sodium in your mouth creates cravings. But when you brush your teeth, the chemical content in the toothpaste helps get rid of that craving. It plays that role. I think Jaeseok controls his appetite by brushing his teeth. – You’ve seen him, right? / – Right after eating? – He does this and… / – Right after eating. He even brushes – his uvula. / – That’s bad for your throat. I tend to brush my teeth very aggressively. I think his uvula fell off once. I picked it up for him. – Did you? / – He does it until he pukes. Hyunmoo is a man in his 40s who eats fast. What was your solution for him? The first solution for him was eating one salad a day. – One salad a day. / – That’s not easy to do. I really hate eating greens. I don’t like vegetables. The second solution was the 2030 method. – What’s that? / – He will eat slowly for 20 minutes. And he will chew 30 times each time. – It’s all about eating slowly. / – That’s difficult. I think Hyunmoo eats fast for efficiency. – That’s possible. / – He wants to save time and get things done. You should take advantage of your social environment and who you eat with. If you get into the habit of eating over a period of 20 minutes, your body will get used to eating slowly. You have a girlfriend. When you eat a meal together, does she not complain? Doesn’t she ask you to wait for her? I always wait for her. I eat fast and watch her. (I still have a lot to eat, honey.) – But she… / – That’s annoying. – She eats slowly. / – She eats in a healthy way. – She chews a lot. / – She chews in a pretty way. It’s a habit, so… – It’s a habit. / – It’s hard to change. You have to keep practicing and try hard.