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Q: How to prepare for an eating contest ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: How to prepare for an eating contest
Category: Health
Asked by: jcaesar79-ga
List Price: $4.00
Posted: 20 Nov 2002 14:01 PST
Expires: 20 Dec 2002 14:01 PST
Question ID: 111506
What is the best way to prepare for an eating competition ? In the 24
hours prior to an event, what foods should/shouldn't a contestant eat,
and how much of them, to keep the stomach expanded but empty ?

I want to know what i should eat, how much , and when, prior to an
upcoming hot dog eating competiton, so I can eat my hot dogs fastest
(it is a speed competiton, not an overall quantity competion)
Subject: Re: How to prepare for an eating contest
Answered By: juggler-ga on 20 Nov 2002 14:57 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

The key to training for an eating competition is stomach expansion.
Most competitive eaters accomplish this by drinking a lot of water and
eating quite a bit in the days leading up to the competition.

From the web page, "Rules of thumb for Competitive Eating":
"Eat as much as you can three or four days b,efore a contest. Rookies
often fast a couple days before a competition. But that's a mistake
because your stomach will tighten up.

Cleanse yourself on the day of the contest. Drink herbal tea and, just
before the contest, drinks a liter of water to stretch out the stomach
and rein in hunger pangs."

Tips from champion eater Eric "Badlands" Booker:
"You have to train. I eat a whole head of cabbage to increase my
stomach size, and drink at least a gallon of water on top of it. You
need capacity, and fast hand-eye-mouth co-ordination."
Reported by the Sun Times of South Africa:

More about Booker:
"Booker, who has been training by drinking 4-1/2 litres of water in
three minutes, twice a day, for two weeks.'It helps elasticate the
From of Australia:

From ABC News:
"Lerman, 42, says he trains every day to stay in top shape. Like most
competitive eaters, he drinks massive amounts of water, more than a
gallon at a time, to stretch his stomach. Only rookies think that
fasting helps."

From Access Atlanta:
" The training has been intense. In the weeks leading up to today, he
has stretched his stomach with pizza and barbecue. Then tapered over
the weekend -- "A lot of salad, water, maybe a half-gallon of ice
cream, anything that will pass through quickly," Pallidine said. His
best training run has been just over 24 hot dogs in 12 minutes. He's
feeling good."

From ESPN about champion eater Takeru Kobayashi:
"A month before the contest, I begin to expand my stomach by eating
and drinking more than usual. Right before the contest, I don't eat

From the Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2002, posted in the the
usenet group, alt.bad.clams, archived by Google Groups:
"In the old days, many eaters trained by feasting at all-you-can-eat
and wolfing down 72-ounce steaks in 30 minutes. Richard Shea, the
public-relations man who with his brother and business partner,
George, formed the IFOCE in 1997 after several years of running
Nathan's contests, says he believes eaters should eschew dieting or
exotic preparation -- other than drinking a gallon of water the
morning of a contest -- because he worries about their health...

The exercises involve stretching stomach muscles by drinking gallons
of water
quickly, chewing gum to strengthen jaw muscles and swallowing whole
ice cubes to expand the esophagus. Others have developed their own
strategies, such as taking daily vitamin supplements and meditating
before contests...

And like Mr. Jarvis, he eats eight to nine pounds of boiled
cabbage and chugs a gallon of water in 2 minutes every day for 10
days before a big contest..."

Thus, the most popular approach to preparing for an eating competition
seems to be stomach expansion, primarily through water consumption and
search strategy: "competitive eating", stomach, expand

I hope this helps. Best of luck in the competition!
jcaesar79-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
Wow ! It is an informal contest, I have won 3 years in a row, but I
always wondered if there was anything I could do to prepare for it.
The info found by juggler-ga is really good. I'll post a comment
afterwards with this years results!

Subject: Re: How to prepare for an eating contest
From: pinkfreud-ga on 20 Nov 2002 14:08 PST
This article might interest you:
Subject: Re: How to prepare for an eating contest
From: jcaesar79-ga on 23 Nov 2002 07:37 PST
I won !!
Subject: Re: How to prepare for an eating contest
From: juggler-ga on 23 Nov 2002 10:12 PST

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