There’s only one sport where they actually aim to gain as much body fat as possible: Sumo Wrestling.
According to their philosophy – here is what a sumo wrestler does to get fat:
1. Skip Breakfast. By depriving their bodies of food after eight hours of sleep (fasting), they never get their metabolism going so they burn less calories during the day.
2. Exercise on an empty stomach. With no food for fuel, their metabolic rate stays low so they burn less calories during their workout.
3. Eat just a couple of meals a day. One famous Sumo wrestler is reported to eat 10 bowls of stew, eight bowls of rice, 130 pieces of sushi, and 25 portions of barbecued beef all in one meal… and still have room for dessert. Their bodies can only process so much food at once, so the rest gets stored as fat.
4. Take a nap after eating. After eating, they sleep for at least four hours – again keeping their metabolism slow.
5. Drink alcohol in excess. It has been reported that Sumo Wrestlers drink upward of 100 bottles of beer at a time which increases Cortisol levels and leads to fat deposits around the abdomen creating their famous “beer bellies” which helps stabilize them in the ring.
6. Eat late in the day. Going to bed with full stomachs means that their bodies must respond to the huge flood of nutrients with a rush of insulin, forcing their bodies to store the food as fat.