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After consuming upwards of 70 hot dogs, a bloated Joey Chestnut handles media obligations, then heads to his hotel room for a much needed…nap. The competitive eater has developed a post-contest routine resembling the average person’s Thanksgiving afternoon, minus the football.
“Most people relate to feeling really bloated and tired after Thanksgiving. It’s kind of like that, except really, really bad,” Chestnut told Insider. “It’s hard on the body, there’s no way around it.”
A fourteen-time Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest champion, Chestnut forced down a record 76 hot dogs plus buns in just 10 minutes on the Fourth of July. Predictably, those hot dogs eventually need to find their way out. “It’s natural,” said Chestnut. “If you eat a lot of food, you’re going to go to the bathroom.”
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After making a deposit at the porcelain bank, nap time awaits. “Afterward, I’m crazy exhausted. And usually my first thing is either I’m thirsty or I want to go to sleep. I usually take a nap as soon as I can,” said Chestnut via Insider.
Chestnut, who has one of the most appropriate Twitter handles out there (@joeyjaws), will likely be following the post-competition hotel routine for a while. He has no plans to walk away from competitive eating anytime soon.
“As long as my body’s cooperating, I can see myself doing it for years,” he said. “And one of these days someone is going to come — some absolute boss, man or woman — and challenge me, and I’m looking forward to it.”
“I love the competition, and it’s still exciting,” added Chestnut. “Even if I end up getting beat, it would be really hard to walk away.”
The mere thought of a Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest without Chestnut is hard to swallow.