Sumo wrestler is considered as the symbol of Japanese culture. Sumo is well-known to be the Japanese martial art which has a colorful history. Sumo dates back from the ancient in Japan and still remains some rituals such as using salt for purification which was popular in the Shinto religion. Sumo wrestling is a full competitive contact sport where two wrestles force each other to get out of the circular ring or fall down on the floor. The biggest difference of sumo wresting is its obese athletes. To gain as much fat as possible, sumo wrestlers diet and lifestyle are two main keys to exceptional weight. Let’s discover the rigorous eating and sleeping strategies of Japanese wrestlers.
In Japan, sumo wrestlers are as famous as film stars.
Konishiki Yasokichi, who was born in 1963, is the heaviest former wrestler in sumo. His figure earns him the nickname “The Dump Truck.”
Chanko-nabe is the food mostly eaten by sumo wrestlers. The special food includes fried food, Chinese food, sashimi and stews.
The daily of calories intake of a normal human being is from 3000-3500, that of a sumo wrestler is about 20,000 calories a day and 10,000 calories each.
The routine of no breakfast, big lunch and proper sleep helps young sumo wrestlers to put on weight effectively.
Each day, sumo wrestlers have to wake up early in the morning and begin to practice at around 5:00 am.
Sumo wrestlers have only two meals a day including breakfast at 11:00 am and dinner at 6:00 pm.
Sumo wrestlers often sleep for four hours after the morning meal is over. The action helps to store energy and calories in body rather than use them.
Stews, vegatable and Chanko-nabe (in chicken, fish and tofu) provide large quantities of protein for wrestlers. In addition, they also enjoy modern food such as rice with curry and hamburger steaks.
The average life expectancy of a sumo wrestler is about 60-65 years old which is 10 years old younger than that of normal men.
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