Most people couldn’t fathom eating 10,000 calories in one sitting, let alone staying fit.
But Katina DeJarnett has made a career out of eating five pounds of food at a time, eating pizza, steak, burgers and cookies, and she’s still slim.
DeJarnett, known as Katina Eats Kilos online, is a competitive eater who documents major food challenges on her YouTube account, which has 689,000 subscribers.
Although competitive eating isn’t classified as a sport, the 32-year-old told Business Insider that it requires similar preparation.
“You have to practice pretty hard to be good at it,” he said.
At five-foot-two, DeJarnet has to make sure she can fit all the food into her body without overdoing it.
“I enjoy being a small person,” she shared. “It makes it pretty fun if I go in unannounced and play dumb and see the shock and awe of being able to eat all that food.”
While you’d probably assume that a petite girl who consumes so much food at once has an intense and grueling workout routine, DeJarnett admitted that she doesn’t spend a lot of time in the gym—nor does she change her diet before a race. .
“I even eat a big breakfast or a snack before [competing]. If I’m too hungry, it upsets my stomach and I also get irritable,” she said.
To stay healthy and balanced, the former bodybuilder has a relatively simple regimen of eating big, nutrient-dense salads, walking a lot and lifting weights.
Although her weight fluctuates, she’s mostly been able to maintain her slim figure by focusing on calories for the week instead of the day.
He aims for an average of 2,100 calories a day, but plans it over seven days to ensure that the calories burned during the races can add fuel and energy to get him through the week.
DeJarnett typically eats one large meal a day between challenges. It’s usually a huge protein salad followed by lots of soda to expand your stomach.
It can also take a while to recover from the discomfort of the aftermath, and DeJarnett emphasized the importance of hydration.
An added hurdle for her is traveling and working with her boyfriend, Randy Santel — who is also a competitive eater and stands six feet, five inches tall.
He sees that it is easier for him to burn calories after the race.
And while she doesn’t do long gym sessions, she still stays active in other ways, aiming for 10,000 steps a day and 20,000 steps when she explores a new place.
He also likes to lift, especially as a former bodybuilder, and does a “bro” workout split that targets different muscle groups five days a week, 90 minutes a day, and rests on the weekends.
“I just love lifting,” she shared. “It’s not a punishment mindset, I see it as a reward, I ate all this food and now I get to go to the gym and use that energy.”
Although DeJarnett loves food and genuinely has fun with most challenges, she admits that eating more than six pounds is “very uncomfortable” for her — especially with a time limit.
“Thirty minutes into the challenge, you’re sore, and even though it’s your favorite food, it doesn’t taste good anymore,” she said.
Competitive eaters end up learning different strategies for different foods based on aftereffects. Salty food can cause bloating and spicy food can cause heartburn or indigestion. But when it comes to sweets, speed is the best way to go.
“You need to stop as quickly as possible before your body realizes how much sugar you’ve eaten,” she said.
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