What You Can Learn about Fat Loss and Gain from Sumo Wrestlers


Ok I actually wanted to make a quick post on a comment made recently that said basically “Isn’t Intermittent Fasting how Sumo wrestlers get huge belly fat?”. In a sense there are some common variables, but also there are many that are not. Actually by looking at the sumo wrestler we can see how NOT to do an IF (or ANY eating plan) routine, be seeing how they do things on purpose to gain fat.

So what is a Sumo wrestler’s goals? To get as big, strong and fat as possible (because there is no weight class and a larger wrestler has an advantage of course). Let’s look at what they do:

So this is how a Sumo wrestler gains weight. Now I can see where the “skipping breakfast” and “working out fasted” might make someone say quickly “Isn’t that what IF is?”. Actually it has been said that long ago they used to eat large breakfasts but could not sustain the workouts. So they found out that by skipping breakfast and working out for hours, not only made them able to sustain workout intensity but also allowed them to eat more food later with a larger appetite. But you have to look at all the other variables involved such as:

So really, what are the lessons we can take to an IF plan if your goal is fat loss and you are not a Sumo wrestler in training? (these should seem familiar, but it’s key to keep stressing the important basics to remember):

So there we have it. While I think the commentator was trying to debunk IF with his sumo wrestler comment(s), I do think it’s a good idea to understand how people DO gain weight. Understanding how to gain fat is probably one of the best ways on learning how to lose fat…..as now you know what NOT to do. So eat smaller meals (spread your calories out, keep the daily intake lower), stick to lower carbs per meal (control insulin response) and get your sleep (get the muscle building and fat burning hormones optimal)….and if something isn’t working, go back to the basics and see what needs to be changed it up.

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