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A man scoffed 8,000 calories in 18 pies and seven portions of mash and liquor within just 43 minutes – but he stays slim by competing in triathlons.
Competitive eater Max Stanford, 33, took on the epic 11lb challenge at the pie and mash shop he would go to as a child.
But it was just preparation for when he takes on 100 Greggs sausage rolls in one sitting at the British Eating League next week.
He said: “The challenge was one of the hardest I have ever done and one of the biggest.
“But it was helped by the fact that the pies were so tasty and I really wanted to push myself to eat all 18 and the 5kg of food.
“When it first came out I was surprised by how big it was.
“I was pretty apprehensive about whether I would be able to eat, but I just worked at a good pace.”
The Londoner, who is ranked No.2 in the British Eating League, headed to the eatery in Brixton, south London, to tackle the mammoth challenge. And he added: “I had loads of people come in and cheer me on.
“In America, competitive eating is huge. In the UK, it’s not as massive.
“I’m quite active, I go to the gym, I do triathlons and marathons.
“I eat a very healthy diet and that helps. Once I’ve done a challenge, I won’t eat until I feel hungry.”
"So if I've got a challenge on Friday, on Wednesday night I'll have a big meal of fruit and veg which will expand the stomach.
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"On Thursday I won't eat much at all.
"Once I've done a challenge, I won't eat until I feel hungry."
Max admitted that enjoying the food is actually a downfall when it comes to competitive eating.
He said: "You don't usually want to savour it. You might like the taste for the first couple of minutes, but if you keep doing that you're going to hit the food wall much earlier.
"You want to crack on with it if it's a speed challenge."
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