Note: A couple friends of mental_floss worked on this, and they're excited to crank out more fun infographics on various topics. If there's a subject you'd like to see mapped out, leave your suggestion in the comments!
While outsiders might see competitive eating as funny business, professional competitive eaters don't see any humor in the rigorous training regime they follow to get in shape for the annual competitions. Our friends at Term Life Insurance have compiled this handy infographic on this most 'American' sport:
Source: Term Life Insurance