How to train for competitive eating

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Asahi reports on Nathan's hot dog champ Kobayashi's training regimen:
"Eating is my job," Kobayashi says. His life very much resembles that of athletes participating in conventional sports. Two months ahead of an event, he gets into fighting mode and starts maintaining meal logs. To put on weight (he now weighs between 70 to 80 kg at competitions) Kobayashi eats six to eight high-protein meals a day, totaling about 10,000 calories. But he emphasizes that his usual meal style is normal, eating conventional food at an average speed.

Wannabe speed eaters should start by increasing their food intake, Kobayashi advises. He emphasizes the importance of keeping logs. "Without precise logs, you can't tell whether your stuffiness comes from overeating or poor metabolism."

The champ lifts weight to tone up his muscles and improve his metabolism. He says that having a high metabolic rate makes weight control easy. Also by staying active, he is able to maintain motivation when no competitions are in sight. "I don't directly work on my abs so I won't damage them," he says. He has started running 10 kilometers in the morning and 10 kilometers at night to improve stamina.

I know elite triathletes who put in less than 20 km (13 mi)/day. A lot less.