| by Drew Middleton
From hot dogs to chicken wings, 'speed eating' is a competitive sport in which people eat huge quantities of food in a set time for glory, gain or world records. Welcome to the wild eating tips and training tricks of competitive eating experts.
We've all seen Man v. Food, right? American comedian Adam Richman grew a global fan base by taking on the most testing eating challenges across the USA.
The gut-busting trials included eating 180 oysters in one sitting, a 22-inch 10 lb stuffed pizza and a gigantic bowl brimming with ghost chilli pepper chicken wings - all with strict time limits. Ouch! That's a speed eating intro for you.
The Major League Eating organisation hosts over 70 competitive eating tournaments each year with one of the most famous being Nathan's legendary Hot Dog Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn. 10 minutes. As many wieners as physically stomached. $10,000 to the winner. Now that's a mouthful.
This year, ESPN - who live streams the event - shed light on past winners Matt Stonie (2015's champion with 63 hot dogs eaten) and Joey Chestnut's (2016 champion and world record holder with 70 polished off in 10 minutes) training for the big occasion, with some very interesting diet regimes.
8am: Protein shake, water and coffee
10am: Small amounts of water and a sports drink
11:59am: An energy drink
12pm: 60+ hot dogs for lunch
1pm: Rest and digest
6am: One gallon of water in 20 seconds
8am: Liquid amino acid
12.40pm: Hot dogs
These are professionals, and similar to most sporting athletes, they put their bodies at serious risk to health problems further down the line:
"Eating champions expand their stomachs far beyond normal size" - Time.com
Had a great day in Brighton yesterday and now we are on a bus back to London. Tonight at 6pm I will be at Man vs Food in western London taking on their 7lb Belly Of The Beast Burger Challenge!! There is over 2 kilograms of beef along with cheese, salad, and a huge bun, which all must be finished in less than 40 minutes. If I win I will become the 4th person to win and Ill get £250!! Can't wait to see and meet everyone there!! #foodchallenge #manvsfood #london #challenge #burger #foodchallenge #eating #england #manvfood #massive
This ritual has become the norm with so-called 'speed eaters' who eat larger and larger amounts of food prior to competing, punching through their satiety reflex; that being the full feeling you experience when your brain tells your body you can't stomach any more.
Japanese eating king Takeru Kobayashi is famed for this technique. He also exercises immediately after to keep away any unwanted fat bloating from his midriff. We guess you don't become the holder of six Guinness World Records for eating hamburgers, pizza, spaghetti and Twinkies without a spot of pain and gain.
Eating challenges took their toll on Adam Richman though, who admitted to putting on weight after 49 Man v. Food contests and in April 2015 explained to The Independent "I've been vegan for three months". Meat-free or not, it's clear that Adam's now opted towards a 'lifestyle filled with healthier choices' after the show stopped. Coincidence?
Despite this, he shared with the BBC that "health concerns did not stop Man v Food" but that the challenges were psychologically tiring despite training and he "wanted to do other programmes".
The Melbourne food scene can only satisfy Chomps insatiable hunger for so long, so his insane eating adventure has taken him all the way to Perth to take on the Dallas Double Dog Dare at @lonestarcockburn The challenge is a 2 foot long hot dog that rolls out fully loaded with chilli corn carn, chips, onions, bacon, eggs, cheese and sauce. With a 20 minute time frame the Chomp managed to finish in a cool 10 minutes and 7 seconds, wining himself a $25 voucher for his next visit as well as a place on their legendary hall of fame 🌭😁💪
All in all, speed eating is an event to be admired. Reactions like "How in the world did he demolish a 10 lb burger with six sides of cheesy fries and a extra thick freak shake?" wouldn't be heard anywhere else. Leave it to the experts, would be our advice.
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