Hey everybody! To kick off National Nutrition month, this week I did a poll on my Facebook page asking if my readers eat breakfast every day. An encouraging number of people DO eat breakfast every day, but some don’t. So I started looking into information about why breakfast is so important.
In my search, I found a number of websites that talk about the training that young sumo wrestlers go through. I don’t know about you, but I definitely DON’T want to look like a sumo wrestler! In fact, I pretty much want to be the opposite of a sumo wrestler. So I thought maybe by learning what they do and doing the opposite, we’ll learn some interesting lessons about weight loss and weight maintenance.
The first thing sumo wrestler trainees do is NOT eat breakfast. They exercise all morning while fasting, to slow their metabolisms. Then for lunch they eat an enormous starchy carb-filled lunch with bowls of a meat-and-vegetable stew and large amounts of rice. Then they go to bed and take a 3-4 hour nap.
After their nap they get up and exercise all afternoon, very intensely, to build muscle, then have another huge starchy meal for dinner, and go straight to bed afterward. Sleeping with a stomach full of starch helps them put on the layers of fat they have to accumulate to compete in sumo (which has no weight classes, so the bigger the better). They also drink a lot of beer (i.e. more starch) with their meals which helps direct the fat to be deposited in their abdomens. Estimates are that sumo wrestlers eat up to 20,000 calories per day!
What does this information teach us? If you want to look like a sumo wrestler, skip breakfast, eat lots of starches and high-calorie meals, eat right before bedtime, and drink lots of beer. After all, there’s an old adage that tells us that if you want what another man has, find out how he got it and do exactly the same thing. If you already DO look like a sumo wrestler, maybe take a look at your habits and decide whether there might be a reason to change.
So what’s the opposite of a sumo wrestler’s training program? What’s the program to become the opposite of a sumo wrestler? I think a good start would be to make sure you eat breakfast every day, limit calorie intake to something sensible and spread it throughout the day, stop eating a few hours before bedtime (or have only a small snack before bed) and mix up your starches with protein and good fats. Have a small meal or snack before you work out. Also be careful about your alcohol intake.
So what do you want to be? An enormous (but tremendously fast and strong) 250-300 pound sumo wrestler? Nope, not me. But I’m glad to know how to go about it if I ever change my mind!
PS – If you want a quick, easy breakfast that keeps you satisfied all morning AND helps with weight loss, check out the Shaklee 180 smoothees. Chocolate shakes for breakfast? Yes, please!