Jospeh Strickland applied clinical nutritionist goes over obesity and how to nutritionally make a change to your diet to help you lose weight. Learn some interesting facts on the subject in this video.
How do Sumo wrestlers get so big?
I’m Joseph Strickland, an Applied Clinical Nutritionist here in Austin, Texas, and a lot of my patients are interested in weight loss, so what I thought I’d do is talk on the opposite side of weight gain and actually give you the information on how sumo wrestlers gain weight because that’s what they do. They actually, for a living, eat and gain weight in a way that takes some of these principals, if you’re doing that in your life knock it off, because that could be something that’s adding to your inability to lose weight.
The number one trick sumo wrestlers use to gain weight is by skipping breakfast. It’s very interesting because in my practice as a nutritionist I work with people that are overweight. I was overweight. My dad was 480 pounds if you’ve seen my video, So I’m used to working with people that are overweight. The interesting thing about overweight people is ninety percent of them skip breakfast. They feel that if they don’t eat that they won’t gain weight. And unfortunately, with skipping breakfast, what happens, the reason breakfast is called breakfast is because it is literally break fast.
You’ve gone eight hours without eating. In the morning you need food to get your blood sugar up, and depending on what you eat it will set the tone for the day, whether or not your blood sugar stays on an even keel, goes up, you know, takes a while to burn that food and then goes down and you eat lunch and it goes back up, and then by dinner time you bring it back up and then you go to bed and then the whole thing starts over. But, sumo wrestlers take this. What they do is they actually wake up in the morning, their body wants food, then, they exercise for five hours without eating. That’s right. They exercise for five yours. So, looking at this from a person’s perspective, you wouldn’t want to wake up, do exercise, skip breakfast and then eat a lunch. That would be what a sumo wrestler does. Now, that’s the first thing that they do.
Now the next thing that a sumo wrestler does besides skipping breakfast, believe it or not. they eat about 20,000 calories per day, and on average, they weigh about 330 pounds. That’s pretty heavy and that’s a lot of calories. So they skip breakfast, they eat a lot of calories for lunch, take a good long nap in the afternoon like a lot of people want to. If you actually, in the afternoon, after you eat lunch tend to get tired, that’s often times a sign that what you ate for lunch had too many carbohydrates.
At least that’s what we find in practical application. Because that’s what a sumo wrestler does. They eat a lot of food, so much so that they want to take a nap, you know, kind of like when you’re having Thanksgiving dinner. You eat a lot and then you want to take a nap.
Well, they do that on a daily basis.
They wake up, and then they have a huge dinner.
So let’s say they had 10,000 calories for lunch, well they have 10,000 calories for dinner. And that’s what they do, and that’s how they gain their weight.
If you haven’t guessed it by now, the actual method that a sumo wrestler uses to gain weight is by utilizing his metabolism. What I mean by that is basically this: Imagine you’re in a car and you press down the accelerator pedal, but instead of wanting the engine to go you just flood the engine with gasoline and keep it going the same speed.
What happens is the body gets overloaded with this food, and the body has this storage mechanism called fat. A better term would actually be potential energy because it’s energy that the body can use later.
So the sumo wrestler floods his body with fuel and then forces it to hold it as fat by keeping his metabolism very slow. In other words, he doesn’t have the accelerator pedal very fast, he just lets go of the pedal so the body just holds it in. Now the unfortunate thing is that it has serious health detriment.
It’s really not good for him. And unfortunately, Americans are going in that realm with our low fat, high carbohydrate, high sugar diets. It has the same effect, basically, on our metabolism.
So what you should do if you want to get your metabolism going really good… That’s what made Atkins popular. Unfortunately a lot of people do Atkins wrong and they just eat meat, no vegetables, that’s not the idea, but if you were to eat lots of vegetables, lots of meat and lots of fruit, and stuck to those three food groups, and ate consistently throughout the day with some nuts for snack and maybe an apple for a snack, your metabolism would run a lot better. So, basically, keep your mind on your metabolism, get revved up. Eat a good breakfast mixed with a good range of healthy, good, unrefined carbohydrates, you know, have spinach and eggs or broccoli and eggs, or yogurt, unsweetened, plain yogurt, organic, with strawberries. You know, that’s another great breakfast idea.
A lot of my patients really like an apple and a cheese stick. That’s another great idea.
So anyway, there are a lot of different things that you can do, but eat good, throughout the day and you’ll find that your metabolism has a lot better chance of taking off that weight or maintaining where you’re at. Whichever you like better.
The danger of eating like a sumo wrestler, and I’m actually going to read this for you: “The negative effects of the sumo lifestyle become dangerously apparent later in life. Sumo wrestlers have a life expectancy of between sixty and sixty-five, more than ten years shorter than the average Japanese male. They often develop diabetes and high blood pressure and are prone to heart attacks. The excessive intake of alcohol can lead to liver problems and stress on their joints can cause arthritis. Recently, the standards of weight gain are becoming less strict in an effort to improve the overall health of the wrestlers. The average height of sumo wrestlers is around five feet ten inches.”
So what that basically means is by eating no breakfast, exercising, eating in the middle of the day and eating at night they actually destroy their health. Unfortunately, they get a lot of diseases that Americans get nowadays: diabetes, High blood pressure, heart disease.
So, the interesting thing is that a lot of Americans are actually on the sumo diet! They’re not eating breakfast, and if they are eating breakfast they’re having cereal with no fiber in it with sugar, basically not eating anything, and in some cases some would argue maybe even worse than eating nothing.
Then for lunch they have a sandwich with bleached flour in it, and you can watch my video about bleached flour, and it’s got all the data on there about that, and then for dinner they might have apple pie for dessert or Twinkies or something.
Unfortunately this type of a diet, a lot of people are on the sumo wrestler diet.
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