“ I’m gettin’ kinda fat like a big huge sumo ”: Gangstarr 1992


People often ask me something along the lines of: “Hey Chief, you skip breakfast and pig out. Sumo wrestlers skip breakfast and pig out. Why do they get fat but you don’t?”  That’s a very valid question. However, skipping breakfast and pigging out are where the similarities end my friends. The differences are what bring about a very different end result. In order to be clear, I eat “ breakfast,” I just don’t break my fast first thing upon waking up. My breakfast is usually the first course of my supper, ha ha! From my perspective, it’s obvious that there is no connection between automatic weight gain and skipping breakfast, but in order to understand where this idea came from, I Googled around a bit. Whoa, did I ever find a ton of sites that seemed to copy paste the same idea. The “no breakfast equals weight gain idea” is alive and well on the internet. Unfortunately all of the spokespeople were calorie counting/sweatin’ to the oldies type of trainers saying stuff like “Ladies, don’t eat like a sumo!” or “Hey girl, are you on the sumo diet? You’re gonna get fat!”

The gist of their bovine excrement comes down to three ideas:

1.) Never skip breakfast.
Sumos skip breakfast and they are fat.”                                                   ( add whiney ” but I don’t like squats” voice here )

2.) Don’t eat socially because you eat more when you’re socially eating.

“Sumos eat socially and they are fat.”

3.) Eat frequent small meals to avoid “stretching your stomach out”.

“Sumos eat big meals and they are fat”

My thoughts on the matter?… Fuck all that noise!!  I’ve skipped breakfast for years; it does not make you fat! Eating socially may cause you to eat more in one specific sitting but not more in the long run. Your body will average it out. It certainly does not make you fat.  That’s complete pig, horse and bull shit!!! I always eat socially and go out of my way to do so during any fat loss experiment; It’s important for your well being. Plus I steady rock big meals. Perhaps you stretch your stomach but it won’t change the amount you eat regardless how much you increase your stomach capacity. It doesn’t become an unstoppable fat creating bottomless abyss. It simply does not work like that at all. I actually eat more during a weight loss phase than a fat gain phase. In my everyday life, I avoid small meals like any man dodges the question: “Does this make me look fat?” There is no right answer to that question. Just run boys, run. Dodge that shit like the plague!

First of all, when you look at sumo wrestlers skipping breakfast and then look at their girth, it makes sense why people think that skipping breakfast makes you fat. Now while the sumo “diet” consists of 2 meals a day, the same can be said for many Japanese that do not partake in the sumo lifestyle, and they are mostly thin. Historically speaking most humans ate one or two meals a day and most were lean as well. Are you starting to see the flaw in this common internet myth? Stick with me because it goes much deeper.

The mainstream perception of sumowrestlers is that they are big fat guys in diapers who push each other around. In reality these guys are some of the strongest, healthiest and most fit athletes in the entire world. Seriously!!! They actually have more muscle mass than most of the biggest power lifters. You just can’t see it because it’s hidden under a layer of fat, which is closest to the skin. A study was done on three different types of athletes: sumo wrestlers that did no weight training, advanced power lifters, and body builders. They compared their lean muscle mass to their height and astonishingly the sumo wrestlers came out on top way ahead of the power lifters in terms of highest amount of muscle mass. The power lifters themselves had only slightly more mass than the body builder’s group. Now when you consider the sumo group did no weight training, you quickly realize two things. First, under the right circumstances, body weight exercise stimulates muscle growth just as much as weight lifting does.  Secondly, eating is just as important as training if not more when it comes to building muscle. Keep that in mind if any of you out there are trying to bulk up.

When you look at it from the standpoint of total fat it seems like sumo wrestlers are very fat because they do have a large fat mass. It is larger than your average person by a long shot but it’s mostly in the layer between the skin and muscles. This layer of fat is referred to as subcutaneous fat. It’s not dangerous from a health standpoint like visceral fat is. These two different types of fat are not at all on the same level. It definitely gives a sumo wrestler a very puffy and flabby look but the fat is not as thick as you might think. There is a lot of muscle under there! When you look at sumo wrestlers under closer scrutiny they are physiologically different from the average overweight American in two significant ways. First, their weight is made of mostly muscle instead of fat. Many have 10 -15 % body fat. The famous sumo wrestler Musashimaru’s body fat percentage at his heaviest, for instance, was said to be around 20%. Now compare that to Johnny Fat-guy who’s body fat is anywhere from 30 to 40%, if not more!  When you factor in a total weight of 600 pounds and a body fat percentage of say 15% it comes out to a fat mass of 90 pounds. Therefore it is very noticeable because it’s hard to hide nearly 100 pounds of fat under a bubble goose jacket lol. A 300 pound man of 30 % body fat would have the same over all fat mass if you weighed only the fat but his mobility and quality of life would be way different. I’ve been there at around 280 with 30 percent body fat. It sucks big time. The muscle mass that the sumo wrestlers have makes all the difference. Watch these two videos below for a comparison of the abilities of Johnny fat guy and a sumo wrestler.

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Notice the muscular look in the sumo wrestlers’ arms? This is very different than your average saggy armed johnny fat guy. most sumo also have pretty muscular looking legs. I know the skateboard video does not prove all overweight people are clumsy but it’s funny. On a serious note, think back in your life in relation to all of the overweight people you have known. Which video would best describe there agility and strength ? Carefully observe those around you and you will see how sitting around doing nothing leads to a body not very good in the finesse department regardless of weight. Sumo wrestlers have got the moves, the power and great control of their large bodies.

The second major distinction is their overall health is completely different than the average overweight person. In all of us humans the left side of our heart is always thicker because it works hard in the process of delivering blood all over the body whereas the right side only takes care of the lungs and as a result is less developed. Professional athletes are frequently diagnosed with a medical condition known as athletic heart syndrome. This condition is the body’s way of adapting to strenuous physical activity by enlarging the hearts muscles to increase the blood volume and thus the amount of oxygen that gets delivered to fatigued muscles. This might very well be known to many of you but the surprising thing is this is not limited to lean track stars and basketball superstars. According to the American Journal of Cardiology, 85% of sumo wrestlers exhibited the ventricle dimensions of a typical athletic heart! I highly doubt you would find the same thing among the video game playing Luther burger enthusiasts with 50 inch waists. Much like typical obese people, sumo wrestler’s heart cavities are very spacious on the left side but unlike the average overweight person they have very normal heart functions.

It’s a very unusual combination to have the increased heart volume found in obese people and the over-developed left heart muscles like top athletes. All in all this allows them to maintain high energy output and powerful precise movements with an extremely large body. Simultaneously this adaptation is part of the reason why they are rarely afflicted by diabetes, heart disease and a few of the other common “fat guy cooties”. Now if we combine these unique characteristics with a heavy amount of specialized training, something surprising happens….  they end up highly metabolically active! So….yep, you guessed  right, sumo wrestlers are pretty healthy guys. So much for the idea that the sumo diet causes obesity.



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To sum up this post, it’s like Guru of Gangstarr said, they are “kinda fat”.  sumo wrestlers are certainly not fatasses in my book. I would be more inclined to call one of them  “big ass bastards” as that is a term of endearment and I respect their dedication, culture and sport. Now whether or not you want to be a big ass bastard is a whole other question, but sumo wrestlers certainly want to be big ass bastards; They go out of their way to become them! I’m a pretty big bastard but I would need a few hundred more pounds to earn the “ass” part of the title. Now that we have gotten past the mainstream idea that sumo wrestlers are fatasses, shall we compare their lifestyle to mine in the next post and see where the major differences are?   😉

(part 1 of 3 ) jump to Part 2 here 

33 Responses to “CHIEFROK VS SUMO : ROUND 1”

  1. Zach says:

    I was going to ask a question but maybe you will answer it in the upcoming posts so let me ask an unrelated question.

    Do you think the intestinal emptying that happens during fasting plays an important role in health? I find that when i let my body truly be empty of food that my inflammation clears up. I havent read anything on constant eating vs letting the body have a break but it seems logical that your body might need/want a rest from digestion.

    • chief says:

      I don’t think intestinal emptying is really a great thing to strive in general. It can help for certain things but it can certainly cause more harm than good being used as a more is better, empty it all out sort of thing. I doubt you even emptied completely either, most likely it only slowed your digestion and no new food to push things along made it seem like nothing new was coming out. If you had used some type of “miracle cleanse” ( don’t ) after you felt you were empty, you would have seen there was more than meets the eye. I’ve seen ten days without food result in solid waste for every one of those days. However I do believe it is beneficial to fast for way to many reasons to enumerate here. I think the lowered inflammation you have seen is more a direct result of not adding anything else in and not the emptying. Everything you put in your body is seen as a foreign invader including food until it is broken down and “recognized” as a friend and not a foe. You see regardless of what type of food is eaten or macronutrient composition, it causes an acute inflammatory response. Fasting gives this response to food a break.

      • Zach says:

        Thanks Chief, i was definitely just talking about fasting through the morning instead of eating from waking to bedtime.

  2. Frida says:

    Interesting so far, never really thought about Sumo body composition beyond ‘fat’…

    I’m looking forward to the post explaining the differences!
    So far I haven’t quite grasped what exactly it is that makes ‘chiefing it’ work and how to implement it.
    I’d really like a post on how you first successfully lost weight, like how did it start, what were some mistakes, how did you change your mindset etc. because I think that would be really helpful. 🙂

    • chief says:

      Frida, thanks for writing. The 2 next sumo post are just about ready, locked and loaded in the chamber.

      It will take quite a bit of explaining for everyone to grasp how chiefin’ it works. this will take at least 2 post in each of the CHIEFROK principles post found here ( links at bottom of the post, some still missing)
      minimum 2 posts for each principles because it is so contrarian to the burn more calories/eat less calories dogma.

      incidentally this is a refined version of my first TRUE success. as for the pitfalls and fails, I’ll get to those but I’ll keep focusing on the good news first lol. I do agree it will be helpful and I’ll surely mix it up in terms of waves of delivery, if people ask for it. I only got the sumo posts done because so many people have asked for it. .

      • Zach says:

        I certainly have been waiting for more posts on your principles as im sure many others have. Keep em coming Chief, a couple of your posts have helped me more then anything else i have read since Matt Stone way back when.

        • chief says:

          Ultimately this is my main goal to help as many people as possible. To do this correctly it is not as fast as some would like. I’ll be working on it as much as I can.

      • Frida says:

        Thanks for the quick reply, chief! I’ll be sitting on the edge of my seat for the rest of the week then … and keep pestering you about the ‘first success’ post!

        I’ve got the whole good foods, bad foods thing so engrained in my thoughts (not my actions, haha), that ‘eating loads of whatever I want’ AND loosing weight seems impossible.
        So, keep writing, I’m intrigued. ; )

        • John says:


          It is hard when you become saturated with things like nutrient ratios, calories, and good vs. bad foods. I have been following Chief for a while now, and although rare, at times I still catch myself thinking in mainstream terms…like there are too many calories in this, or do I really need that. F it. Throw all those thoughts out. The mere stress involved in worrying about all those things is just as bad as eating the “evil” foods themselves. Letting go and having an open mind is key to all of this.

  3. sara r. says:

    Very interesting. I look forward to the next post in the series.

    Got any thoughts on the level of training that it must take to compete on Ninja Warrior and American Ninja Warrior? I’m hoping that watching it with my husband will motivate him to get into better shape.

    Here’s my problem. My husband used to be in GREAT shape. Like, he could do all of that ninja warrior stuff. He moved to New Mexico when he was 19 and gained about 60 pounds within a year. When he came back, we had been friends and I couldn’t believe how different he looked! Why did that happen? In New Mexico he had a physical-labor job and ate the same amount of food that he ate before. The only difference was he was under a lot of stress. But for the past 10 years he hasn’t been, so why didn’t he lose it (instead he has gained more) after that, and could stress really be the reason that he put it on in the first place? He’s naturally muscular, but has quite a belly. I’m trying to grasp the things that you and Matt are talking about because it’s really interesting, and I’ve learned a lot that has helped me, but I have no idea how to help my husband because I can’t figure out his weight gain.

    • Bob Dean vs Food says:

      Sara R. to just take a little shot at the issue it sounds like your husband has or had a very high metabolism. If he maintained a great body without the physical labor job, and then went and got a physical labor job but kept eating the same amount of calories, the body is going to have to change. His metabolic rate had to of slowed to account for the increased expenditure and stagnant intake. This causes a lot of stress and stress increases fat storing hormones and therefore causes more food to be accommodated into the fat cells. If you have a high metabolism to begin with, if you start to incorporate any new activity into your life you’re going to have to eat more food to maintain the metabolism. I don’t know if I’m right, but I tried haha. It seems to make sense to me =P Show me up Chief lol

    • chief says:

      100% certain stress in some form or another caused the weight gain as with every other person on the planet that does not have a rare disorder. simply avoiding the stress will not remove a bunch of protective fat that has been there for a long time it is now a part of you. For the body it doesn’t really care how you look in the mirror it is doing its job the best it knows how to protect you from any future stress, would you tear down a deck you spent all weekend building unless you were 100 percent sure you had the material and workers ready to build your dream deck, I doubt you would spend a summer without a deck just because the plans were ready.

      At times it requires a little coaxing. Quite often when people think they have removed all the stress they fail to realize they have changed mentally as a result of every moment of their life including the 2 years of stressful job#4080 and after which they approach simple everyday life with a stress response as if “it’s a big deal” so technically they still are under stress just taking the garbage out or feeding the cat if the person is on some ol’FML shit. Being mindful of how our thoughts affect our bodies is paramount in this case. Also even the fat itself can be stressful, he might have eaten terribly from a nutrition stand point as a bachelor working in new mexico. there could be 100’s of reasons to know for sure I would need to ask him a ton of questions and think a little while.

      ninja warrior… skill work 3-4 hours a day. 20 minutes 3 times a week on the weights and a daily callisthenics routine similar to a gymnast ten minutes of sprinting for about 2 years would probably get you in ninja condition.

  4. John says:

    Awesome post Chief. I love the first photo of Chief Rok Vs… Nice!

    • chief says:

      Thanks John, that’s my very own artwork. It kind of held up the post a bit because I couldn’t sit down and sketch lately With the youth group needing alot of my time.

      • John says:

        Wow…I didn’t realize you could draw too. I am the “artist” of my family and like to draw. I “specialize” in cats, mice, and other animals…I was never good at the type of artwork you are doing.

  5. Sue W says:

    I love this kind of learning. I never appreciated strength till I (mystifyingly) lost all mine at the same time as giving up 7 years of low/no carb and hcg-forced weight loss. Gained tons of weight (stomach most of all) , lost all my strength. In spite of remaining active. If anything is going to make you feel 90, losing your strength is it. Hard to get out of a chair, a car, puffing after making the bed – it is truly nasty! Depressing. Also goes along with aches, stiffness. BBS is really helping. Please keep writing! I feel like I’m getting close to some answers! And what’s the alternative? All the usual traps? No – never again!

  6. AaronF says:

    Yay! Glad to see these posts finally going up!

  7. Bob Dean vs Food says:

    I’m soakin’ up this post like a ShamWow shoved down Richards Simmons fuckin’ pants. Thank you very much for posting this dude. So fervently waiting for more… =P A few days guy by without me checkin on ya and BAM sumo post, that’s whats up. I started off at between 195-210 mid december. With all my work clothes on an boots, I got to 270 today. It wasn’t easy. I’m a lot fatter (you would think I’d be 400 pounds if you seen what I’ve ate, not you specifically of course Chief, lol) and a hell of a lot stronger. My sprained wrist of a year is finally starting to feel much better (fingers crossed) I could say a lot, but to sum it up, I feel like I might be too big to do 1 meal a day. I’m almost 6’6′ and if I stuff myself I get really fucking thirsty and try not to chug, and I still get hungry in the morning and piss too much I think. I got a little discouraged a few times, but I broke through and chugged mcdonalds yesterday. I would love for you to do a post about that guy who made you train him with fast food. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR what the hell he was eatin that’s okay everyday lol. THANK YOU SO MUCH

  8. Bob Dean vs Food says:

    Cool artwork, and by the way I do drink throughout my meal and sometimes I end up doin too much, and get heartburn occasionally still =/

    • athnamas says:

      So, Bob Dean vs Food, do you think that the heartburn is definitely connected to fluid intake with your meals? I have a massive heartburn problem and have recently been wondering if it’s connected to drinking with meals… I find I can’t eat much at a time without feeling bloated and uncomfortable anyway, and if i drink anything at all, that feeling is almost unbearable and possibly then followed by the heartburn.

      • Bob Dean vs Food says:

        I don’t know what triggers it everytime, but it’s fluid related sometimes. Chief says people can adapt to eating while doing hard labor but I don’t know if I can or if I would want to try. But I always tend to drink too much too fast and I try to moderate that. I rarely get heart burn anymore but when I do I usually know why. Don’t eat too much, too late, try not to chug liquid fast while having a meal, and try to be in tune with how much fluid your body needs. It’s like, do I want corn bread, or do I want cereal, ya know.

  9. deb says:

    super article, love the artwork too! Chief Rock indeed! xo deb

    • chief says:

      Thank you Deb, … watch out, you have to be discreet with the xo’s people will think your leaving your hubby for me with all the internet love 🙂

  10. Zach says:

    Post a new article please!

  11. Larry says:

    “The 2 next sumo post are just about ready, locked and loaded in the chamber. ”


    • John says:

      Good waiters get good tips. 🙂

    • chief says:

      Really? yes they have been ready. A loaded gun still needs a trigger to be pulled Larry I am no liar, nor am I a full time blogger and my life is very demanding. I do this blog for free to avoid this exact type of chicken Mcnugget rage that consumers in the matrix feel they are justified in doing I don’t owe anyone anything.
      I received 50 or so emails, a week or so after this post went up from people being as sarcastic and condescending as you “demanding” speed, complaining about how long it takes or some other form of Hater-ific shit.
      Combine all the hate mail with my duties IRL and I just said fuck it and chilled on the blog for a while as per my fukitol method of dealing with stressful shit. Had it been different I might have went to extremes to get the posts up.
      Anytime this blog or anything else I do becomes a job I’ll fuck right off. Maybe after I get to more of the stress posts, people will understand why I don’t wear a watch or use a calendar. furthermore I am a perfectionist and I only put things out there when I feel they are ready and I will have no regrets in regards to what I do. Positive reinforcement might speed it up but stress and negativity get the gun clap everyday around my way. If you don’t like the way I roll simply don’t read and troll someone else. The posts will be ready when they are ready in the meantime let the butthurt flow…… ( Instead of policing my speed with sarcasm a more productive strategy would be to become part of the solution instead of part of the problem, just think how much blog post revision time I wasted answering this stupid ass remark and reading a bumrush pointless of emails that got in the way of people truly in need of help)

  12. Manong says:

    when’s the next post chief?

  13. Sleepdeprived says:

    Chief, I have been waking up every freaking night like clockwork around 3 am to pee and then am unable to fall asleep again. This completely ruins my day as I move around in a zombie state ready to snap at people. I know this is totally unrelated to your post but I am getting so fed up with this and would love to hear some advice!

    Also, I can feast occasionally but eating too much can lead to bloat/gas which indicate my digestion is not where it should be.

    • chief says:

      hard to be exactly right on the money don’t even know if your male or female in your shoes salt and sugar are high on my list of things to check….write me an email and I’ll send you 40 questions or so to troubleshoot possibilities… wouldn’t happen to have changed your eating lately ?

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