Joey Chestnut Claimed New World Record By Inhaling 72 Hot Dogs In 10 Minutes And These Nutritional Stats Are Insane
The unstoppable Joey “Jaws” Chestnut won his 10th title in the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in 11 years on Tuesday in Coney Island, New York. The 33-year old gobbled down a record 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win his 10th contest in 11 years, increasing his total by two hot dogs over 2016 and obtaining a new personal best.
Joey says he gained roughly 23 pounds during the competition–15 pounds of hot dog, 8 pounds of water–and claims he won’t return to his normal weight for at least a couple more days. He handily defeated Carmen Cincotti (60 HDBs) and Matt Stonie (48 HDBs).
“There’s no secret. I love to eat, and I love doing it. I love to win, so I had to figure out my body and push it to the limit,” he said, according to AP.
Chestnut said at Monday’s pre-contest weigh-in models his training after marathoners, gradually building up to eating more and more dogs as the contest nears: “I treat it like a sport. I tape my practices and figure out how to improve.”
Chestnut deserves every penny of that $10,000 payout that comes with 1st place when you consider the immense damage the Californian did on his body:
Following his win, Chestnut told TMZ Sports he’s not 100% sure he’ll return to competition next year after winning his 10th mustard yellow belt. “If I come back, I’m gonna come back healthier,” Chestnut says.
[h/t TMZ Sports]