I'm thinking that except for the last season, he did about 20 episodes/season, so that's about five months out of the year. And without a big budget, they probably got those episodes done as fast as possible. So, assuming relatively good health, he could eat like that for a few months out of the year and then lay back and live on chicken breasts and salad until shooting began.
One of the shows that repulsed me the most was the raw oyster one. I love oysters, but three trays/dozen in and I began to get nauseous. haha
I couldn't eat 5.5 pounds of food in an hour for sure. Not even my homemade lasagna. Some of the hot dog eating champs are so thin, I half expect them to explode. These shows are like car wrecks for me, I know I shouldn't stare, but I can't help it. LOL
I could do it. Should see me hit a Brazilian bbq!
After a Crossfit WOD? Definitely!
But I'm known to eat an astonishing amount of food at any given time, any day. I'm one of those skinny bitches that most people love to hate.
When I'm hungry I'd like to think I could, but I don't think I'd get past 1 lb. of meat before my gag reflex set in.