Originating in Japan, Sumo wrestling is a full contact sport where competitors attempt to force each other out of a circular ring or make part of their opponent’s body other than the soles of their feet touch the ground.
While the sport is highly regarded in Japan – almost like a religion – Sumo is best known for its obese athletes.
Sumo may be the only sport where competitors actually aim to gain as much body fat as possible: Sumo Wrestling.
The Sumo Diet Plan
According to this article – here is what a sumo wrestler does to get fat:
- Skip breakfast. By depriving their bodies of food after eight hours of sleep, their metabolic rates stay low.
- Exercise on an empty stomach. If their bodies have no food, their metabolic thermostats are turned down even lower to conserve fuel.
- Take a nap after eating. The Sumo secret for gaining weight is that, after eating, they sleep for at least four hours.
- Eat late in the day. Going to bed with full stomachs means that their bodies must respond to the huge flood of nutrients with a rush of insulin, forcing their bodies to store some of it in the cells as fat instead of in the muscles and organs as nutrients.
- Always eat with others in a social atmosphere. According to leading researchers, a meal eaten with others can be at least 44 percent larger and with 30 percent more calories and fat.
Wow, sounds good if you’re looking to fend off another 500 pound man, but probably not the best advice for the average person looking to get “in shape” – other than round.
Sumo wrestling is hazardous in more than just one way…
While sumo wrestlers are athletes, research has shown that their average life-expectancy is between 60 to 65 years old.
They have increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart attacks.
These are same health risk associated with obesity.
The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies a BMI (body mass index) of 30 and up as obese; 25 to 29 is overweight.
In 2008, WHO data reported that 1.5 billion adults, ages 20 and older, were overweight.
If you’ve been thinking of taking up sumo wrestling as a sport, you might want to think again.
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