What Sumo Teaches Us About Becoming Fat (. . .or Thin)

I have been involved in martial arts for over 25 years. In all this time, the oddest martial art I have ever seen is Sumo.  As many know, it is 2 VERY large men, standing across from one another, ramming into each other like head on collision between trucks. It is strange indeed. It is also very educational from a nutritional perspective.

If you have ever seen these individuals, they are as strong as a horse but have tremendous body fat. In fact, that is one of their goals — to have excessive body fat. It is the only athletic endeavor I can think of that has that goal. Everyone else in the world is looking to do exactly the opposite.

How do they accomplish their goal of adding hundreds of pounds of fat?

Here is a typical eating pattern:

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