The Sumo Wrestler’s Diet

Anyone trying to lose weight should do their best to avoid following the Sumo wrestler’s diet which is about the best guide there is to storing excess body fat. It involves the following:

1. Skip breakfast. By depriving their bodies of food after eight hours of sleep, their metabolic rates stay low.

2. Eat a high carb diet. Long before most people even knew about carbohydrate and insulin, the Japanese knew exactly what sort of diet one needs to eat in order to accumulate excess fat. Sumo wrestlers eat a high carb (57%), low fat (16%) diet.

3. Exercise on an empty stomach. If their bodies have no food, their metabolic thermostats are turned down even lower to conserve fuel.

4. Take a nap after eating. The Sumo secret for gaining weight is that, after eating, they sleep for at least four hours.

5. 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.

6. 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.

The negative effects of the sumo lifestyle become dangerously apparent later in life. Sumo wrestlers have a life expectancy of between 60 and 65 (more than 10 years shorter than the average Japanese male), and they often develop diabetes, high blood pressure, and are prone to heart attacks.