In an attempt to become a better American football player, I gained over 100 pounds of body weight during high school between my junior and senior football seasons. It took less than 1 full year, and I did not gain all of that weight by taking pills and weight-gainer supplement shakes. While I was a “master sandwich artist” working at Subway for a few months, I was eating 3 double-meat foot-long sandwiches within a 5 hour period. After being released from Subway, I became an executive chef at Burger King, and my typical meal was 8 tacos, 2 double chicken whoppers, a bowl of chili, a chicken or fish sandwich, and then I usually had one or two other items that I created myself which filled up the rest of the tray. Then I had a Diet Coke (just kidding)!! After being released from Burger King, I took a position as the “senior dish washer” at an Italian restaurant, and my meals were large there too. I’m sure you see my point by now. You may gain weight drinking caloric milkshakes, but you won’t gain real weight by taking pills, and you won’t lose weight simply by taking pills either. With that being said, the point of training to increase your stomach capacity is so that you are able to eat more food. If you want to be able to eat more food, you need to train by eating more food, so here is an example schedule to show you HOW:
A One Week Plan For Expanding Your Stomach Using Food
1. Set the date and time – The first thing you must do is to decide the day and time that you will be doing the challenge or contest. If it is a contest, the date and time has more than likely already been decided by the contest host, and you will have to adapt your schedule to fit their event schedule, just like everyone else competing. If it is a food challenge, you are able to decide when you want to take the challenge. Most food challenges are able to be attempted during all normal business hours, as long as you call ahead to notify the restaurant beforehand, letting them know when you plan on coming so that they can have everything ready. Some challenges are only available at certain times of the day or certain days of the week though, so that is why you should always call the restaurant beforehand to set the date and time. You don’t want to spend a week preparing and then get to the restaurant just to find out you can’t take the challenge. That has happened to me before and its very disheartening. Once the date and time is set, you can establish your stomach training plan.
2. The first 2-3 days – During the first 2 or 3 days of the week leading up to your competition, eat one considerably larger meal, and keep the rest of your day similar to your normal routine. You don’t need to completely max out, but definitely make it a lot larger in size than a normal meal. I recommend having a light breakfast, and then having this large meal for lunch. Having the meal earlier in the day allows more time for your body to digest the food, and it is not recommended to eat a large meal just a few hours before bedtime. Your body will be working harder to digest the increased amount of food, and this may effect your sleep pattern if you have this meal too late at night. If your schedule does not allow you to have this meal at lunch, having it for dinner won’t really be an issue. If you lift weights and exercise, you may want to schedule this meal as a high protein recovery meal after your workout. Since you are not maxing out, this meal should not affect your performance at work or school afterwards. Just try to keep the meal around the same time period during these two or three days so that your body can better adapt to the increased amount of food being consumed.
3. Days 4 and 5 – During days 4 and 5 of your training week, you want to reduce your number of meals down to just 2 large meals that are the size of your 1 large meal during the first 2 or 3 days, and maybe even slightly larger. It is recommended to space these 2 meals out so that you are hungry and ready to eat the second meal of the day. Most people choose mid-morning and late-afternoon to avoid having the meal too late at night. Due to the 2-3 large meals leading up to these 2 days, you may notice that you feel more normal after each meal than you did the first few days. This is why you take the time to allow your body to adapt gradually rather than doing all of your training in 1 day. After these intense days, you are ready to push yourself to the limit on day six.
4. Day 6 is max out day – Comparing this day to weight-training terminology, this is the day that you want to max out your capacity so that you are ready to take on your food challenge or eating contest the next day. Since you know the approximate time of your event, you want to schedule your max out meal about 18-22 hours beforehand. This allows the food that you consume to “leave” your body so that your body is basically empty and ready to be filled with all the food required to win your competition. Most competitive eaters choose to eat mostly vegetables and fruits during this meal which are lower calorie foods that are higher in fiber and contain a lot of water. You want to avoid eating a lot of meats and other solid foods that take longer for your body to digest. Some people choose to go to all-you-can-eat salad bar buffets if available, and others buy the required foods and eat the meal at home. Eat as much as you physically can, even to the point of discomfort, but make sure you don’t go overboard. If you try to eat too much, you may end up throwing up and that will definitely affect your stomach’s performance during your event the next day. When you get to that point where your mouth is filled and you are chewing without wanting to swallow, called “chipmunking” in eater-terminology, it is about time to stop. Don’t quit too early though because this meal really affects your performance during your event the next day, and we both know you don’t want to lose. To achieve something you have never achieved before, you have to do things that you have never done before. Remember that 50% effort achieves only 50% results.
This Stomach Capacity Training section is loaded with other tips related to training with food (and liquids too) so that you are prepared for your eating competition, so make sure to check out all of the other articles. They answer every question that you may have, and are not only for people seeking to do better in eating events. You may also use them to prepare for special events where you are wanting to eat more, such as Thanksgiving in the USA, or if you know you are going to an all-you-can-eat buffet and you want to impress your friends and get your money’s worth. As a beginner, you definitely want to start slow and let your body adapt gradually to the changes that you are wanting it to make. By doing this, you will be able to make sure you are training safely and very effectively. There are many Lower Calorie Stomach Training Foods, but please realize that you will more than likely be consuming an increased amount of calories while training with food. Therefore you need to adjust your meals so that you consume less calories during the other times of the day, and know that you may have to decrease your daily calorie intake for a few days after the competition (if it is really high in calories).
For more information to help you plan your max out meal, make sure to read The 24 Hours Before Your Eating Competition in the Before The Challenge section. That has a lot of helpful information you can use to prepare. Also make sure to read How To Expand Your Stomach Using Water and Expanding Your Stomach Using Food AND Water so that you can learn the importance of water and other liquids during your training regimen.
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