Stomachs Were Not Created Equally

You can give one hundred different people the same training schedule and have them all try to prepare the exact same way for a specific food challenge, but if you place all 100 people in the same room with the exact same challenge and rules, there will be 100 completely different results and reactions. There are over 7 billion people in the world, and no two people are the exact same, and the same goes with stomachs too. When it comes to food challenges and competitive eating, no two stomachs are the exact same, so you need to consider that when you are training and competing. If you compare yourself to somebody “better than you,” then you are opening yourself up to severe disappointment. Even worse, you can really hurt yourself and damage your health if you attempt to prepare for a competition exactly like somebody else does who is more advanced than you. If one day you decide to attempt to drink 2 gallons of liquid in one sitting just because that is what some of the top elite eaters can do, that may be your last day on this Earth, because there is a high chance that you will drown yourself, and at the very least just get really sick or pass out. Training for eating competitions is just like lifting weights. You can’t just throw 400 lbs on a barbell and expect to lift it. If you haven’t trained yourself to lift that much, that weight will fall right on top of you and you will hurt yourself.

As an example, consider sprinting and racing. There is only room for 1 person to be known as “the fastest person in the world,” and that person is currently Usain Bolt from Jamaica. I could train 24 hours a day for 24 years straight, and I will never be faster than he is, because he is simply more genetically gifted than me when it comes to racing. While it would not be a contest between the two of us on a race track, it would not be a contest at the dinner table either, because he does not train himself to eat/drink a lot. That is what I specialize in, and therefore I would win. With that being said, I could train all day and night for years, and I will never be able to eat 70 hot dogs within 10 minutes. Not only is that physically impossible for my body type, but I also don’t want to be able to eat that much either. For that reason, I don’t use the same training methods as Joey Chestnut, and therefore I have adapted my training regimen to fit my own lifestyle and personal body type. I make sure to train safely and efficiently so that I don’t over-train and hurt myself, halting my progress. Too much of a great thing is not necessarily a great thing, and you don’t want to hurt yourself by “biting off more than you can chew.”

This article mostly applies to large quantity food challenges and individual stomach capacity, but this concept also applies when dealing with spicy food challenges too. Every individual stomach and digestive system handles foods differently. My body may handle digesting ice cream better than yours, and your body may handle processing steak and other meats better than mine. Every individual stomach handles spicy foods differently too. My personal idea of “spicy” is topping my meal with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce or some other type of Louisiana hot sauce. I love pickled jalapenos but rarely eat anything spicier than a raw jalapeno. Habanero peppers and any chilies or sauces spicier than those really tear my stomach up, giving me a bad stomach ache. For many “chili heads” that enjoy extra spicy foods, raw jalapenos are like candy to them, and their bodies are able to handle much spicier foods than mine. Every person has a unique spice tolerance, so you need to remember that before thinking you can beat a really spicy wing challenge just because your friend was able to win without any problems. His or her stomach may handle spicy foods much differently than yours, so please be extra careful.

Please consider this when you are training for your competitions and competing in eating contests. While training and experience will definitely improve your capacity and eating speed, you may never be able to compete with the top elite eaters, or ever be considered a professional. I played 4 great years of high school American football, and then 3 more years of college (university) football, but I knew going into it that I was not genetically gifted enough to actually compete with the professionals in the NFL. I played completely for fun and because I enjoyed the game, and therefore I was not disappointed at the end of my short career. I now do food challenges and competitive eating events all over the world simply for fun, because I enjoy traveling, and because it is what I enjoy. I am 100% sure that I will never be considered the #1 eater in the world, and therefore I always give 110% just because I care and that is what makes me happy, and I never compare myself to other eaters. While there are some eaters that I will never be able to compete with, there are a heck of a lot of people that will never compete with me. I have my own strategies and techniques that work for me, and eventually you will develop your own set of techniques and strategies that work for you. Thanks to FC.com, you now have an excellent starting point, so make sure to take advantage of all the articles and opportunities that it creates. Your body and stomach is your own, so be sure train and compete safely and productively so that you don’t hurt yourself. That will make competitive eating so much more fun and enjoyable for you. #feedthemovement

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