Stretch Your Stomach
Stomach capacity is really important, especially with a food like hot dogs. Maria recommends eating a large quantity of low calorie foods like lettuce or watermelon to help get your stomach in shape. Her most important tip: Don't train alone!
Tune in and Zone Out
Maria likes to create her own little bubble when she competes. She wears sunglasses and giant headphones that blast German metal to help keep her pumped up and in the zone.
Dunk the Bun
The bread bun of the hot dog is arguably the hardest part of a hot dog eating contest. Maria suggests dunking the bun (or whole hot dog including bun) into some sort of liquid to help break down the bun and make it easier to get down. Maria uses hot iced tea.
Don't Eat on Competition Day
You should eat a lot in the days leading up to a competition, but you should keep your stomach empty on game day.
Just Dig In
Although it's good to think about an eating strategy before you compete, once the contest begins, it's time to just dig in!