I've been thinking about this issue because the time of year where we are endlessly assaulted with gargantuan celebratory meals is almost upon us.
If you have a big meal coming up that evening, conventional wisdom would dictate that you eat very sparingly during the day, right?
So it's weird when one reads about competitive eaters doing anything BUT fasting before taking on 60+ hot dogs...
Personally, I feel it's better to eat normally during the day, otherwise, for whatever reason, your stomach shrinks and you get full after the first few bites. Anything afterwards is torture.
The period in my life when I was really taking down the vastest quantities of food was when I was living in Burgundy and making frequent trips to Alsace. I would be served these 8-course Sunday lunches that lasted nearly 5 hours, and miraculously be able to have several slices of pizza for dinner - and being in France, we were often eating cream/bacon/potato pizzas (some kind of Tarte Flambee/Pizza abberation, I guess). I guess the long, slow, heavy meal prepared my stomach for more than I ever thought I could eat in one day.
So, what are your tricks for prepping your stomach for the holiday season? To fast or not to fast?