As for your question... God no! I could never finish [U]any[/U] of the Man vs. Food challenges. Except... maybe the spicy food challenges? I LOVE spicy food and I could drink sriracha! hah.
But, God, I was watching this show last night! He did the Adam Emmenecker challenge: If I remember correctly, it was 12oz. deep fried pork chop, 2 buffalo chicken wings (boneless), 2 deep fried cheese cubes and1lb. brisket between two slices of bread, with a spicy pickle on top, plus 1lb. of waffle fries. It was mortifying and had to be eaten in 15 minutes!!
The segment after that was about a man who served police officers in his community by giving them a ridiculous amount of barbecue food, something like a 4lb. roasted chicken, 1lb. brisket, a gigantic turkey leg, monstrous pulled pork sandwich, and of course a personal sized bag of potato chips. FOR EACH PERSON! Wasteful.
Don't get me wrong, I can house my fair share of food... But Even 1/8 of most of the food challenges is more than enough food for a normal person. My boyfriend said that he doesn't understand why the Man vs. Food guy isn't 400lbs or something ridiculous. I speculated that he works out like a mad man, but my boyfriend begs to differ and says he doesn't do anything except fast for a while, and then eat a LOT. I dunno [I]what[/I] he does or how he can do that! I think it would make more sense if he looked like a bodybuilder, or like Kobyashi. Actually, I wish Kobyashi was doing the Man vs. Food show instead of Adam Richman. Adam quits all the time, and isn't [I]nearly[/I] as hot as Kobyashi... Yep, I'd watch him eat competitively all day... lol.
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.