Matt Stonie: ‘I’m Practicing And Training Throughout The Year’

The champion has been dethroned.

Matt “Megatoad” Stonie beat Joey “Jaws” Chestnut in the Fourth of July Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on Saturday, downing 62 hot dogs and buns to deny Chestnut his ninth straight win in the annual competition.

Chestnut ate just 60 wieners and buns, falling two shy of a tie and three shy of the win.

Two days later, Stonie feels amazing.

Well, sort of.

“I feel okay,” the competitive eater said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “Winning the contest definitely makes everything feel a little bit better.”

Stonie said the 62 hot dogs were a personal record for him in sanctioned competition but that he’s downed “close to 70” in practice.

And no, he didn’t throw up.

“It really depends,” he said. “Most of us up there, we’re all trained athletes, especially Joey and myself. We know what we’re doing. We know what we’re capable of. If you went out and tried to run a marathon, you’d feel like trash. Well, guys who run marathons, it’s natural for them. So eating 62 hot dogs, it’s a little miserable, but we’re used to it.”

The next closest competitor on Saturday, Tim “Eater X” Janus, ate 35 hot dogs, which made Saturday a two-eater race from the start.

In the end, Stonie consumed 17,360 calories, 1,116 grams of fat and 48,360 milligrams of sodium.

“I don’t want to think about it,” he said.

Asked if he was still belching hot dogs two days later, Stonie said no.

“It’s two days past. I’m feeling pretty good,” he said. “I’ve fine-tuned my regimen over the years. Lots of water, lots of vitamins helps it digest. It’s a long process. The first few years are pretty miserable to figure it out.”

Stonie has now defeated Chestnut in several competitions in the past year, including ones featuring Twinkies, poutine, pumpkin pie and gyros. While Stonie prefers some competitions over others, he still enjoys the food he eats, especially in non-competitive situations.

“The way I look at it, it’s all work to me,” he said. “Just because I’m competing at the Nathan’s contest, it doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a good hot dog. Just because I’m eating 120 Twinkies in six minutes doesn’t mean I (can’t) enjoy a Twinkie every once in a while. There’s a few contests that the food lacks a little bit in flavor, but a Twinkie is a great product. The gyro contest is actually one of my favorites. There’s a restaurant (that cooks) it up right there. It’s a really good contest.”

But if Stonie is in New York and spots a hot dog vendor on the street, he’s not going to order 62 hot dogs. Or 10. Or even five. No, he’ll order one – and he’ll savor it.

“I’m practicing (and) training throughout the year,” he said. “If I get the chance to just sit down and enjoy a single hot dog in a sitting, that’s a good day for me.”

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