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 SMH.com 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
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
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
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
And like Mr. Jarvis, he eats eight to nine pounds of boiled
cabbage and chugs a gallon of water in 2½ 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!