Do you know that sumo wrestlers have a rigid training plan like most athletes? One of the training techniques for turning regular size boys into sumo wrestler is by not eating breakfast. Do you skip breakfast in the morning?
Not eating breakfast = sumo size
The sumo wrestler training plan consists of waking early, not eating breakfast, and exercising for about five hours. After five hours of strenuous exercise on an empty stomach, they take a shower and eat a huge meal consisting of a protein rich stew, rice, and a few beers or sake. After this huge meal, they sleep for several hours and wake to have dinner. Within two hours of having dinner, the sumo wrestlers get ready for bed. They continued this rigid training plan year after year and eventually reach an astounding 400-700 pounds.
By not eating breakfast and exercising strenuously, the sumo wrestlers are starving by the time their first meal roll around. Is it surprising that they overeat during this meal?
Eat breakfast = weight loss
When you eat is just as important as how much you’re eating. Your body burns the most calories when you are most active. If you do not fuel your body first thing in the morning by eating breakfast, your body goes into starvation mode and will compensate by making sure you overeat during your next several meals.
In a study of 3000 people who have lost 70+ pounds and are able to keep the weight loss off for six years, 96% are eating breakfast every morning.
By “breaking your fast” each morning, you are spreading your caloric intake a little more evenly throughout the day.
Do not sleep after eating!
Most of us to not sleep after eating breakfast in the morning. But neither is it a good idea to sleep right after a meal like the sumo wrestlers do. Your body is in healing and repair mode when you are sleeping. While sleeping your body are producing hormones and storing excess calories in your fat cells. If you sleep immediately after a meal, instead of giving your body a chance to burn off the calories you just ate, you are telling your body go ahead and store the calories.
Years of not eating breakfast and storing excess calories by napping after the meal can lead to sumo size weight gain.