Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Does Being Obese Mean You're Like A Sumo Wrestler?

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

If we have excess fat, does that mean we have the same kind of fat as the sumo wrestlers? Maybe not. They have a type of fat that isn't all together unhealthy. The general American population has a much more insidious kind of fat called visceral fat.

Learn about getting fat from the sumos

Sumo wrestlers rely on carbohydrates to gain weight as protein is absorbed by the cells too quickly and fat takes too long to absorb, which only leaves carbohydrates for fat conversion. The main staple of the sumo diet is the sumo soup. Sumos try to drink a lot of their meals. They also try to sleep right after eating.

Unknowingly Americans use the same weight gain tactics as sumos: like eating lots of carbs and avoiding fats (which only leaves more carbs), having their biggest meal right before bed, and drinking their meals because it's convenient and because they believe it's "healthy."

It's not easy being like the sumo

Unlike the sumo, the general American population doesn't exercise all day nor is their diet nearly as healthy. Sumos mostly eat rice, soup, fish, meats, vegetables, seaweed, and potatoes. Americans have a diet that's much more refined and processed. So the average American gains a different type of fat.

This type of fat increases the risk of many other diseases from cancer, type 2 diabetes, to heart disease.

Previously I discussed how being overweight doesn't necessarily mean you're fat, for instance a body builder. Being normal weight or skinny doesn't mean you're not fat, you can be metabolically obese normal weight otherwise known as skinny fat. The sumos have proven that even among obese over-fat people, there are still different types of fat: visceral (dangerous) and subcutaneous (less dangerous).

Calling someone a sumo may not be all that bad of a thing as they tend to be very active, strong, flexible, well rested, and have good endurance for their size. Unfortunately many Americans are at the intersection of overweight (to morbidly obese) + over-fat + excess visceral fat. The health risks are exponential at this point unless we ask ourselves how we defined health, how has that worked out for us?

If the answer is, it hasn't, it's time to take a contrarian approach and stop counting calories, stop fearing fat, and start looking at sugar.

Sam Yang from an early age has been obsessed with connecting the dots between martial arts and efficiency, health, mindset, business, science, and habits to improve optimal well-being. For more info, join his newsletter. You can also connect to All Out Effort on Facebook and Twitter.

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