Sumos know that by eating large amounts of carbohydrates by way of white rice and beer will bring about a massive insulin spike. By sleeping, thus, slowing metabolism, the glucose will not be burned and be converted to fat, instead. This is by design. They have developed weight gain down to a science.
Why don't the get Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease?
1. Sumos are known for their immense bellies. But, studies show that the wrestlers have large amounts of subcutaneous fat, that is fat under the skin. They have very little visceral fat (fat surrounding muscles and organs) that is associated with insulin resistivity and Type 2 Diabetes.
2. They train 3-5 hrs a day to develop tremendous agility and balance for their enormous size. It is the muscle that shields them from disease.
3. The other critical factor: Diet. Sumos eat, exclusively, a stew known as "chankonabe". In fact, the majority of restaurants that serve this dish are owned by retired wrestlers. It is essentially a meal containing massive amounts of protein (fish, chicken & tofu) and plenty of fresh vegetables. This is not junk food. The dish is packed with nutrition.
Summary: Regardless of size and amount of bodyfat, strength and cardio-respiratory fitness can conquer Type 2 Diabetes.
My husband is a huge sumo fan - he even went to an exhibition by some of the top competitors here in Los Angeles. I always assumed they were completely unhealthy - a heart attack waiting to happen - thanks for sharing Bruno!
p.s. Dusty, I'm impressed! Did bruno send you a prize?
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