4. Is it specific to meat or does it happen after you consume large amounts of any food? Like, will there be more sweat after you slam a bunch of hot dogs versus asparagus?
Stonie says: "I know from experience -- I've eaten 12.75lbs of deep-fried asparagus in a contest -- that asparagus is much easier to digest and doesn't cause the same side effects. If anything, your body does a pretty good job of recognizing the abundance of water and fiber and allows it to pass fairly quick."
5. Is there any meat that makes you particularly sweaty?
Stonie says: "No, but I know the difference between eating 7lbs of hot dogs and 7lbs of steak is entirely different. With hot dogs, or any meat item that is partially not meat (aka has a bun, sauce, bread, etc.), the meal balances out more and allows for a more normal digestion. So in turn, yes, it depends how the food is served, but purely meat against meat, I don't believe so."
6. Is there turning back once you have them? Can you stop them?
Stonie says: "Typically no. If you have hours to recover then maybe, but generally once you're in, you're in for the long haul. One thing that can help temporarily is a sweet dairy product, like ice cream. It's a mental fix and slightly soothes the stomach, but it won't fix the situation. At most it will help you push down the last bits of the challenge (if you are doing a food challenge) for the win, only to feel worse later."
7. Are there preventive measures you can take? Like eating or drinking something.
Stonie says: "Like I just said, ice cream, or something similar, might help, but in a challenge/contest scenario it’s very inefficient and not worth trying unless you are desperate. Staying hydrated and drinking fluids will help delay the oncoming, but everyone has a point of the inevitable."