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Joey Chestnut Gains 24 Lbs In 10 Minutes During Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut is one of the few lucky people in America not worried about expanding his waistline over 4th of July, and is expecting his annual hot dog eating contest to put on at least 20 lbs.

The pro eating champion, and fellow female competitor Miki Sudo, were in NYC ahead of Nathan's big Independence Day eat-a-thon.

Chestnut was asked about his girlfriend, and how long he usually has to wait to get intimate after he finishes an eating comp.

He didn't want to give an exact timeframe, but assured the photographer he snaps back pretty quickly.

Chestnut, who won his 11th national championship last year for downing 74 dogs, said instead of sex, he's mostly focused on sleep and hydration after completing an eating feat.

Aside from the aftermath, Chestnut said he's focused on the preparation before taking the stage on Thursday for the main event.

He said his diet for the next few days will mainly consist of lettuce and water, in order to stay hungry as he tries to break his 2018 record.

As for how much weight he puts on during the 10 minute competition ... Chestnut revealed he logs about 24 lbs, including the water consumed while eating the buns.

Sudo also revealed her weight gain, which puts her at about 16 lbs for the event.

Chestnut has won nearly $600,000 during his eating career since 15-year eating career, according to competitive eating database EatFeats, and that doesn’t include endorsements and business deals such as his line of condiments Chestnut launched last year.

Hopefully he's able to bring home another championship, and leave enough room for some loving with his girlfriend ... who must be a very understanding woman.