How to Win Competitive Eating Contests

How to Win Competitive Eating Contests

I’m a major foodie, so I guess it only makes sense that I’ve been to a fair share of competitive eating contests. Usually it’s just to watch other people stuffing their faces, but I’ve also actively participated in a contest before. It was a pizza eating contest and I do love pizza, so I guess I had a natural advantage over the other eaters. I won that time and got a serger for my efforts – get the facts about serger and read the full info here about what serger I won.

I’m skipping any details here since most of the people who visit my blog are looking to read about food, not sewing machines. That said, I think it’s a good time to get back to the topic, which is how to win competitive eating contests. I didn’t undergo any special training, but I probably should have and I realize how lucky I was to win against other people doing some of the things I’m going to mention here. The best place to start, I think, is with a popular bit of competitive eating myth.

eat as fast as you canmCutting back on the amount you eat before an eating contest is not the way to gain an edge. When you eat less than normal, your stomach literally shrinks a bit because it isn’t working at capacity like it ought to be. If this goes on for a long time, your stomach can actually lose inches of itself as the elastic bits pull in and the organ compacts itself. I don’t think I need to tell you that having less room to put food into means you can take in less food, but I’ve gone and said it just in case.

So don’t starve yourself in the days or weeks leading up to a competitive eating contest. Instead, you should actually be eating more than you regularly do. It doesn’t have to be high calorie food either – you could load up on stuff which is basically free and full of fiber, like all kinds of vegetables for instance. You’ll keep your stomach stretched and ready to accept a greater load of food than normal, and you’ll also not blow up and gain a bunch of weight because of it.

Lots of people think competitive eaters are just gluttons, but that’s not true. It’s a physical test, just like many other sports, where the player (or eater in this case) must outperform the other people they are playing against to win. Any edge can help you to beat your opponent, but keeping your stomach stretched is no little edge.

Last but not least, make sure you don’t load up on water during the event. Sure, they provide you with all the water you can drink, but in my experience, that’s to help the food go down more quickly. If your stomach gets full of water, you’ll be cramping or busting your gut long before you can claim a victory in any competitive eating contest. That said, don’t be afraid to reach for your cup if taking a drink means you’ll be able to move ahead and keep eating.