Sumo Wrestlers: This is How You Get Fat

By Jim F

2507-SUMOS.jpgOriginating 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:

  1. Skip breakfast. By depriving their bodies of food after eight hours of sleep, their metabolic rates stay low.
  2. Exercise on an empty stomach. If their bodies have no food, their metabolic thermostats are turned down even lower to conserve fuel.
  3. Take a nap after eating. The Sumo secret for gaining weight is that, after eating, they sleep for at least four hours.
  4. 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.
  5. 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…

2961-sumo-wrestler-poor-health.jpgWhile 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.

Image credit: Incanus Japan


  1. a real Wrestler

    You people F-ing make me sick, try a hard sport, like Greco Roman wrestling were the idel amount of fat is the bare min. of 7%

  2. staubley

    hey we are doing sumo for a class project and yeah….this site was much help toward our grade. we would like to say that this information is 100% correct and that dont try doing this at home because people might tease you…Mahalo

  3. mark

    i want to get fat and i dont know how! HELP!!!!!

  4. ???

    P.s Tom whats it like being 115 lbs. don’t you get teased by prats?

  5. ???

    I would love to be really overweight and have a giant gut, and i also keen to get in to sumo wrestling but i am quite skinny and i wouldnt know where to start! (can anyone help)

  6. Maddy

    u guys are stupid becoming fat isnt the aim of the suno’s they do the sport…they dont drink beer they eat healthy,and the y are supervised so they dont get too overweight….being able to not fit through a door way isnt somthing to be proud of.

  7. kat

    i think its a bad idea to do this diet. sumo wrestlers are very healthy people as they have personal trainers to help them. also i think anyone would find it hard to eat 3 loaves of bread, loads of rice and just drink water and isotonic drinks all day!

  8. jay

    i’d love to be hugely obese and fat, but i just can’t put on weight. i wanna have a huge gut and be fatter than anyone else and have a fat girlfriend so we can gain weight together!

  9. Tom

    I’m already pretty chubby and wouldn’t mind mind getting fat. No, I mean REALLY fat. I’m 11 and weigh 115 lbs. I’d like to be like Walter Hudson one day.
    {you know, the guy who was so fat that he got stuck in a doorway?}

  10. b.h

    i’m fat as well but want to be fatter then any sumo wrestler:)
    want to be almost completely immoble.

  11. Kalbintion

    Im fat already but i like the sport, and like to be fatter so far ive done this for a day n ive seen a small weight change….

  12. Stacy

    I tried this but it did work but i still weigh 72 pounds and i am in grade 7

  13. matt

    another thing to keep in mind is that when this weight gain regimen was first developed…it was developed using a low fat diet of rice, fish, veggies, and beer…also there is a massage after the meal to help relax for the sleep…

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