Sumo wrestling is a traditional Japanese sport; where the heavier you are the better. Sumo wrestlers intensely stare each other in the eyes, stomp down with their heavy feet and try to intimidate their opponent. One of the heaviest sumo wrestlers, known as Rikishi in Japanese, was born in Hawaii and weighs in at 630 pounds!
Why am I bringing this up? Well, the over busy, hectic North American lifestyle can lead to unknowingly eating like a sumo wrestler. The difference being, the goal of most North Americans is NOT to become heavier.
So how do sumo wrestlers get so big?
1. They don’t eat breakfast. Sumo wrestlers NEVER eat breakfast. This is a great way to slow down your bodies metabolism and ensure you binge eat later on in the day when your blood sugar levels are super low.
2. They only eat 1-2 meals a day. Sumo wrestlers get up early, work out and then only eat until late in the day. This way they ensure they are starving and will eat anything in sight when they do eat. They eat as much as they can to ensure they consume a massive amount of calories for a maximum amount of weight gain. When you eat a large amount of calories in one sitting, the body uses up what it can and then stores the remaining energy reserves for later. When your storage tank gets full, everything left over is stored directly as fat.
3. They eat out. Many studies prove that people who eat out at restaurants will eat 43% more food and 32% more fat then they would if they were at home. Not to mention the fact that eating out usually means picking unhealthy food options. While eating out, sumo wrestlers try and push through the “getting full” signals their body is giving them to ensure more calories are consumed in one sitting.
Scary right? Sadly, a lot of these behaviors probably sound quite familiar to most of us! I know that as a personal trainer, I have heard this scenario many times: “I get up early, skip breakfast, race to the office or to drop the kids off at school, and between stressful meetings try and scarf down and meal or two.”
This is truly the result of our hectic, busy North American lifestyles. When you work as much as most of us do, it is easy to unknowingly eat like a sumo wrester. For many reasons, but this being one of them, I created the Spring Reboot program specifically to support busy professional woman and mothers with meal prepping, eating properly and learning how to put themselves first.
So how do you change your habits if you are eating similarly to a sumo wrestler?
1) Drink water – If there was only ONE healthy habit I could recommend to feel and look your best, it would be to drink a LARGE glass of water first thing in the morning before anything else. Drinking lots of water hydrates the cells and ensures proper regularity. Most people are “backed up” and mistake being tired and hungry for dehydration. Being dehydrated slows down your metabolism and the process of burning fat. Drink up….try 3 litres a day as a goal!
2) Eat breakfast: Without breakfast, we slow down our body’s metabolism, increase food cravings, promote overeating, and make it harder to focus and concentrate for the rest of the day. Your mother was right; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whatever you eat, or do not eat for that matter will impact your mood, energy level, digestion and appetite for the rest of the day. Try making a power packed smoothie to rev your metabolism and get you full and satisfied.
3) Stop skipping meals & eat like your life depends on it: The whole waiting to eat until we are virtually starving has got to STOP! Eating healthy meals throughout your day will not only ensure your blood sugar and energy levels stay stable, but will also work to prevent you from turning into an angry, moody version of yourself. Eat more high quality foods more often and reap the rewards of abundant energy and weight loss.
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