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How does Joey Chestnut down so many hot dogs?

Updated: July 1, 2011, 5:11 PM ET
By Lynn Hoppes

Four-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, in preparation for Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Monday in Coney Island, N.Y., planned to eat 40 hot dogs Thursday night.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, that will be his last real meal before the competition. And what a way to go.

On Friday, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Chestnut won't eat. He'll let his body digest those dogs and buns. On Saturday, he'll drink a protein shake. On Sunday, he'll -- maybe ...

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