Competitive eating: How to train like Nathan’s hotdog eating contest champion Joey Chestnut

Competitive eating: How to train like Nathan’s hotdog eating contest champion Joey Chestnut

Competitive eating is a growing sport in the United States, Japan and Canada. But it has been criticized on many fronts, especially in today’s growing world hunger and malnutrition.

Many people despise it for being wasteful and gluttonous. Overeating is also a contributor to today’s problem with obesity, especially among the youth.

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Certainly, it is important to eat the right food, follow a proper diet, and overeating can cause high levels of cholesterol, blood pressure problems, and peristalsis and aggravate ulcer conditions.

Nevertheless, the popularity of competitive eating is growing. On July 4th, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut breaks his own record by downing 70 hotdogs in ten minutes in a rematch against former champion Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie who consumed only 53.

Chestnut’s previous record was 69 HBD in ten minutes.

Are you one of many who are wondering how to train to become a competitive eater?

Just like any other sport, competitive eating requires a lot of practice, even months of training.

As any sport, flexibility is important to perform well. Some eating champions gradually increase water intake to achieve the stomach’s flexibility. Chestnut’s secret way is to drink lots of milk daily and mix it with water at times… a gallon every time.

As you may know, techniques vary, and the world no. 8 Yasir Salem drinks a gallon of vegetable juice, which includes lots of kale and spinach to train.

In case you haven’t noticed, both eating champions Stonie and Chestnut don’t have bulging stomachs. On the contrary, eating champions train to lose weight. The fitter they are, the more they are able to take.

It is important to exercise, and this is the part where a Rocky soundtrack comes into play.

A fat belly will only limit expansion and flexibility, but as soon as this is achieved one needs to practice an eating method. Takeru Kobayashi of Japan takes out the meat and eats it separately from the bun. It’s a style called “Japanesing.” And there’s “Soloman” by breaking it in half to take more at once.

Some competitors employ “dunking” by soaking hot dogs in the water to soften it before ingesting. Others specifically use warm water to prevent stomach constriction.

Prior to the competition, double up on the preparation for maximum stomach flexibility.

Develop your style and practice hard, but never practice alone. You might end up choking.

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