Do you know an average sumo wrestler weighs somewhere from 400 to 600 pounds? Well, you do now. But do you know how much these heavyweight athletes eat to maintain their body for the sport? For the starters, if you think the only entity a sumo wrestler needs is a heavyweight physique, then you are absolutely mistaken.
A sport like sumo wrestling needs strength, agility, flexibility and perfect state of mind. And for that to achieve, apart from a regular training regime, these athletes need to have a right diet plan. Do you need numbers? Well, an average sumo wrestler consumes a total of 20,000 calories a day, compared to 2,500 calories an active male consumes. And if you think eating 20,000 calories a day means you can have all you want, you are again mistaken.
A sumo wrestler’s day starts at as early as four or five O’clock in the morning. The first thing these wrestlers do is training; no breakfast. According to GQ, they have a whopping four to five hours of the training session in the morning with an empty stomach. The science behind this is an empty stomach workout slows down their metabolism, which allows them to have a heavy lunch.
That heavy lunch can be termed as a ‘10,000-calorie meal.’ According to the sources, the main thing in lunch for these wrestlers is Chankonabe – a traditional Japanese stew. The dish comprises of several vegetables (such as bok choy, daikon, mushroom) and meat such as chicken, fish and others. To compliment chanko, these wrestlers also have 5–10 bowls of rice coupled with a decent amount of beer.
Basically, there are only two meals in a sumo wrestler’s day; lunch and dinner. These athletes usually take a four-hour nap after lunch and for the dinner/evening meal, a comparatively light diet is followed, which includes Fried mackerel, Udon noodles and Salad.
Well, eating is an art as well…