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EXPOSED: Secret List of Facts Surrounding Competitive-Eaters

Updated on November 19, 2014
World Champion competitive-eater, Joey Chestnut stares-down this foe: a tray of hot dogs
World Champion competitive-eater, Joey Chestnut stares-down this foe: a tray of hot dogs

STARS OF COMPETITIVE-EATING

Takeru Kobayashi, an internationally-known competitive-eater won The Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest, from Coney Island, consistently from 2001 through 2006. He was dethroned in 2007 by Joey Chestnut, another “rising stomach” in 2008.

Now who are Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut?

Takeru Kobayshi and Joey Chestnut are not dare-devil, thrill drivers. These two men who “dine on danger,” are competition-eaters. That’s true. Competition-eaters. What makes them live and operate away from the “diet-fueled crowds,” is they do NOT the first inkling about calorie-counting. Kobayshi and Chestnut eat for a (good) living) and “eat against” other professional competiton-eaters the world-over to prove who is the best. And they do this on a continual-basis, not just once a year. Kobayshi and Chestnut, along with others, have made competition-eating a world-recognized sport as popular as the Super Bowl.

Adam Richman, former host of Man vs Food as seen on The Travel Channel
Adam Richman, former host of Man vs Food as seen on The Travel Channel

Eating tid-bit:

I am not hiding the fact that I have a weight problem. Too much weight, but by the use of comedy, I can easily deal with it.

But my weight is not all caused by food. I have to take morning medications to help the pain of Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy, and some of these med's contain steroids, a good source of water.

When people, through fun, say things like, "Can I stand in your shadow to keep cool?" I laugh at them and reply, "Sure. I do not mind. Food and myself have had a great relationship over the years and I can't make myself file for divorce."

Source: Kenneth Avery

THESE GUYS NEVER GAIN WEIGHT

And amazingly, they both are without weight problems—no purging, fasting, or please, no dieting. To say the vulgar word, “diet,” to a competition-eater is the worst-possible insult you could ever say to (a) Kobayashi or Chestnut. And to prove how “dangerous” Chestnut is, a man who devoured 61 hot dogs in 12 seconds, could easily hit you with numerous left and right hooks and several deadly hay-makers sending you quickly into “La La Land,” so I would be careful about what came from my mouth when talking to a competitive-eater.

In this study of competitive-eaters, I would love to share with you a few unknown facts that until now have been unnoticed by general society. In short, most of us just accepted the fact that competitive-eaters are just people who do not have that much to do and just over-eat for cheap prizes and free eats. Boy, how dumb I was to think this.

Joey Chestnut "going at it," putting hot dogs down quick as a cat
Joey Chestnut "going at it," putting hot dogs down quick as a cat

If you were like me in thinking such rubbish, then your eyes will be opened-wide as a sardine can in the hands of a hungry man when you read the following . . .

Secret List of Facts Exposed About Competitive-Eaters

Sonya Thomas and Tim Janus at the 2005 Midway Slots Crabcake Eating Competition
Sonya Thomas and Tim Janus at the 2005 Midway Slots Crabcake Eating Competition
Competitive-eater, Molly Schuler, smiles over a giant pizza she is to eat
Competitive-eater, Molly Schuler, smiles over a giant pizza she is to eat
Some cultures see fire-eaters as one way to rid their villages of evil spirits
Some cultures see fire-eaters as one way to rid their villages of evil spirits
Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo accept First and Second places in Nathan's Fourht of July Hot-Dog Eating Contest
Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo accept First and Second places in Nathan's Fourht of July Hot-Dog Eating Contest
A popular food that most competitive-eaters love in the summer time is watermelon
A popular food that most competitive-eaters love in the summer time is watermelon | Source
Adam Richman hits his stride
Adam Richman hits his stride
  • Joey Chestnut soaks his hot dogs in water (during competition) to make them go down quicker. Chestnut learned the hard way when he was formerly-known to soak his hot dogs in Quaker State motor oil.
  • One vital secret to being a successful competitive-eater is never stop chewing, so one year before you start your career as a competitive-eater, see how long you can chew continually through each day. Chew on automotive tires, sticks, Slim Jim’s, this exercise will also help to build-up your jaws.
  • Most competitive-eaters started-out attending every family and high school reunion they could find for this meant free food and with free food came free training. You see. Competitive-eating is not as easy as it looks.
  • Competitive-eaters have just one size when it comes to ordering at restaurants: Large. That means large burgers, pizza, fish dinners, and so forth. Once their bodies are trained to consume one large order, they set for themselves another goal: Two large orders of their favorite foods, and then three large orders of their favorite food. Many is the time an amateur competitive-eater may face a nauseated-stomach before he or she can reach the pinnacle of more than six large orders of rib eye steak and the trimmings.
  • Some competitive-eaters skip the ruffage and start their competitive-eating training by just eating raw eggs—one after the other until they eat past the level of being “full as a tick.” This is when the realize that they are ready for open-competition.
  • Another treasured-secret of successful competitive-eaters is that they focus their minds on far-away places and things rather than the task at hand: Consuming 22 plates of fried catfish, hushpuppies, and French fries. They think about seagulls flying over them lying on a sunny beach, hiking in the Yellowstone National Park and chasing the buffalo who roam there.
  • Adam Richman, famous over-eating champion once seen on the Travel Channel, was so fluid in his eating skills that he did not just eat slick food such as oysters to win contests. Richman ate various foods—meatloaf, beef tips, beef tips, steak, chicken breasts, chicken wings, gallons of ice cream at a time, and his fame grew literally overnight.
  • The toughest food for a competitive-eater to consume is, get this, cakes and pies. The sugar in the mixture gets into the bloodstream and causes sleepiness and a slower rate of eating.
  • A running joke among competitive-eaters is that there was this competitive-eater who came home from work and was “wolfing-down” his dinner like a mad man. His wife, a suspicious woman, snapped, “Look at you eat! Did you not go to work today?”
  • The most-intimidating thing a competitive-eater can say to a group of competitive-eaters in a contest is: “Heyyy, guys. I am ‘hungry as a horse!”

Note: I do hope that you enjoy this hub for the anticipation is literally “eating me up.”

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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      clivewilliams,

      I too have asked similar quesitions about competitive-eaters.

      1. Do they have colon problems?

      2. Do they have irregularity?

      There are more, but the only answer I can give myself is that since God IS the creator, He must have given these guys and girls special "plumbing."

      Merry CHRISTmas.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      vkwok,

      You, my friend, are a wise man. Glad to call you my friend.

    • vkwok profile image

      Victor W. Kwok 

      3 years ago from Hawaii

      When I learned about competitive food eating, I started questioning humanity even more.

    • clivewilliams profile image

      Clive Williams 

      3 years ago from Jamaica

      These guys are God Damn aliens, chilli pepper eating.....Eating so much food in one go, where on Gods earth did the food go? They must be related to Captain Caveman

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