How Competitive Eaters Prepare for Competitions


Competitive eating is a popular "sport" in both the United States and Japan. As the name implies, the goal of this sport is to eat as much food as possible in the shortest amount of time. Whoever does this will win! Like any other sport, there are a few things ways how competitive eaters prepare for competitions. Some of the most common strategies are listed below.

Drink More Water

One way to prepare for a competition is to drink more water. This is because one of the best ways to train your stomach to take in more food is to slowly expand it. One way of doing this is to simply eat more food, but this can cause rapid weight gain. Water, on the other hand, has zero calories. So, drinking water can expand the stomach without leading to too much weight gain. Of course, it should be noted that people will gain some "water weight" or may have bloating when using this training method, simply because of the amount of water they are taking in.

Chew Gum Often

Some professional competitive eaters chew a lot of gum. This is because it helps to strengthen their jaws. This way, their jaws do not become too tired during the competition. It doesn't really matter what type of gum is used. However, generally speaking, the more gum you chew, the better. This is because larger wads of gum take more jaw strength to chew. Of course, make sure to be careful when doing this, so you do not choke.

Have a Low Body Fat Percentage 

One theory in the world of competitive eating is called the belt of fat theory. This theory claims that people with lower body fat percentages will be able to eat more food more easily than people who have higher body fat percentages. This is thought to be due to the "belt of fat" people with higher body fat percentages have around their midsection.

If a person does not naturally have a low body fat percentage, losing weight is the best way to get a lower body fat percentage. To lose weight in a healthy way, consider exercising more often and including more healthy foods into your diet. If you need a little extra help, consider taking dietary supplements and other weight-loss medication. Of course, before you do this, make sure to do your research on whatever weight loss products you will take, as some have side effects. Checking out customer reviews for a product with the words "side effects" added can help. For example, Thrive Side Effects is a great search if you are planning on using Thrive products. Also, ask your doctor before you take any supplements to make sure they will not interfere with any other medications or medical conditions you may have.

Do Not Pace Yourself

In many athletic events, like trakc, pacing yourself is key to winning the race. However, that avice does not apply to competative eating. Instead, it's better to go the whole hog and simply try to eat as much as possible. Competative eating competitions usually only take place for a few minutes at a time. For this reason, there's not really much use in trying to pace yourself. Just focus on trying to eat quickly. Praciting this is a great way to train.

Find a Way to Stay Cool

Many competative eating competitions take place in the summer. Eating so much when it is hot out can be very uncomfortable. For this reason, it's best to find a way to stay cool. One common way eaters stay cool is by wearing shirts soaked in cold water. This makes it easier to focus on eating, rather than focusing on the heat.

It should be noted, that like any other sport, there are risks associated with competitive eating. The biggest risk comes from the possibility of choking. This not only occurs during the competition, but also sometimes during training. For this reason, if you plan on training by eating, it is best to make sure you are supervised, just in case you need to call for help.


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