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Top 10 Untold Truths Of MAN v. FOOD (Adam Richman)

Top 10 Untold Truths Of MAN v. FOOD (Adam Richman)
If you think back to the good old days of 2008-2012 you might think of American President Barack Obama, but the reality is that there was one man more famous than even the first African American President and that man was

Adam

Richman

, the host of Man vs.

Food

, a highly popular television show from the Travel Channel. The show followed

Richman

as he went from State to State, attempting to finish gigantic meals, and while the show disappeared in 2012, the legend of

Richman

still lives on. There's a lot to that show that people didn't and still don't realize and so we thought we'd delve into the Top 10 things you didn't know about Man vs.

Food

and

Adam

Richman

himself! That Was

Adam

in Shape! Or at least the best possible shape he could've been in considering his job forced him to eat enough calories to keep the sun burning for another billion years. If you see

Adam

Richman

now you might not recognize him as he's dropped a ton of weight. During the Man vs.

Food

years,

Richman

forced himself to work out twice a day just to maintain the pudgy physicality that everyone fell in love with. Despite his efforts, he still ended up gaining a copious amount of weight while on the show, something that ended up putting him in a state of depression; his depression worsened due to being single at the time, which he blamed on his weight, which made him more depressed, and this sort of made a vicious cycle. In an interview with People magazine after he dropped an...
top 10 untold truths of man v food adam richman
astonishing 60-pounds,

Richman

described how once he reached a point where he had sleep apnea from his weight gain he decided enough was enough and retired from competitive eating (and the show itself). That change came suddenly one day when

Richman

saw his reflection in a mirror and thought that he was the size of a "Smart Car", so he cut out flour and dairy from his diet and decided to throw out his favorite snacks like peanut butter and ice cream (presumably a bathtub full of both). The man best known for eating massive meals actually switched to eating tiny meals, and lots of them, to reboot the metabolism that was destroyed by the show. That means that he was eating 150-calorie meals every two hours, which for a man who'd fast the day before a challenge, was clearly a gigantic change. But, it worked, as

Richman

eventually bared it all for a centerfold shoot with Cosmo. Liking this video so far? Show us some love and hit that subscribe button and notification bell!

Adam

Richman

Health Issues As you'll learn later, the host of Man vs.

Food

,

Adam

Richman

, wasn't a competitive eater before he started the first competitive eating show that had one host traveling the United States and attempting to best the legendary meals that different restaurants and diners had to offer. Because of his inexperience with competitive eating (and his high level intelligence as is evident by the fact that he went to Yale),

Richman

consulted with doctors before he started...
top 10 untold truths of man v food adam richman
the show, a move that foreshadowed his early retirement as well. In a live chat with ESPN

Richman

explained this move, saying: "I went to specialists ahead of time because I wanted to start with a baseline of good health, versus correcting bad health down the road." Despite all that work (and the work he did according to the previous entry on this list),

Richman

still ended up gaining an inordinate amount of weight, developing health problems like sleep apnea and depression, and eventually had to give up the show that made him famous after only four seasons.

Richman

's Ridiculous Preparation During the Season When watching Man vs.

Food

, you'd think that the only prep that went into each episode of

food

gorging was

Richman

skipping breakfast and loosening his belt. It turns out that there was a lot more that went into it, something that seems like it would balance out the amount of calories

Richman

consumed, but instead perhaps ended up being one of the main contributors to

Richman

's weight gain. When discussing how he prepared for each show

Richman

said "If I do have a day off I don't eat, or eat very minimally, and I drink a lot of water and club soda to keep my stomach stretched and full and to keep myself hydrated". That means that during the filming season,

Richman

's entire life was dictated by the show and his upcoming episode. As was mentioned earlier,

Richman

worked out like crazy while filming not only to attempt to work off all...
top 10 untold truths of man v food adam richman
the tens of thousands of calories he was consuming at each sitting, but also because by working out he'd increase his appetite.

Richman

concluded, "The most important aspect is that I work out like a beast. I work out like a beast the night before and the morning of", so those workouts served a dual purpose and again shows how much the show dominated his life.

Richman

's Favorite Meals There's no better way to really get information from celebrities these days than Reddit AMAs, which stands for Ask Me Anything.

Richman

participated in an AMA in 2015 and was asked which contest was his favorite and which was his least favorite.

Richman

admitted that, Spoiler Alert, he preferred some contests to others. His favourite was the Kodiak Arrest contest at the Humpy's Alaskan Ale House. According to Humpy's website, the Kodiak Arrest contest doesn't have bear meat in it, but rather has every other

food

that Alaska is known for. The challenge includes seven crab nuggets, 14 inches of reindeer sausage, three pounds of Alaskan king crab, and different side dishes like cole slaw, Humpy's "famous" wild berry crisp, and ice cream. The website lists the record holder as Jeffery C., who completed that challenge in 12 minutes and 10 seconds, which is likely about the amount of time he remained living after completing that challenge. If you live in Alaska or are planning to visit, make sure to pack your credit card as this challenge runs a cool...
$179.99 and should you finish that meal in an hour or less, you'll end up in their winners hall of fame, receive a "I got crabs at Humpy's" T-shirt. And if you happen to beat Jeffrey C, you'll get that meal for free (the cost of your angioplasty and stomach pumping falls on you, though). His Least Favorite Challenge

Richman

's least favorite challenge may surprise you, not because he failed it - he failed more often than he won - but because it seems like one of the easier challenges for

Richman

. This challenge actually ended up at the bottom of the barrel (and the bottom of a toilet not long after) because the owner of the restaurant that hosted Man vs.

Food

had basically cheated by adding "dangerously" spicy hot sauce to the wings that he served to

Adam

, something that he neither explained to

Richman

or his team nor added to the challenge regularly. Despite that, this challenge at least wins the award for the most apt name as the owner of Munchie's 420 Cafe, in Sarasota, Florida, named his challenge the "Fire in Your Hole Wings Challenge. While that's pretty standard in terms of what they offer everyone, the problem stemmed from the fact that the owner made the wings especially spicy for

Richman

, essentially to steal a win for the television show. That's probably because his challenge paled in comparison to the others, as the challenge was to eat ten spicy wings in twenty minutes without drinking anything (which in...

Richman

's case was milk).

Richman

only made it through two wings before throwing in his poison covered towel, and while he was used to losing, it was the way in which he lost that clearly stuck with

Richman

(not to mention the heartburn and ulcers). Typical Types of Challenges: The Spicy Edition As fans of Man vs.

Food

know, most of the

food

challenges that host

Adam

Richman

found himself in ended up falling into one of two categories (and sometimes, both); either quantity based challenges or heat based challenges. During an interview with the Guardian in the United Kingdom,

Richman

discussed his feelings on both, saying that heat based challenges were "No big deal" as long as the restaurant was using fresh peppers as opposed to the pepper extracts that some people use, saying: "A good spicy challenge strikes a balance between flavor and fear". As the braver of you probably know, fresh peppers aren't as spicy as hot sauces because there's still some flavor to those peppers (unless you get to the innards and seeds, which can be nightmares in and of themselves). Extracts and hot sauces sacrifice that flavor for the pure heat that comes from those peppers, and while some hot sauces do add additional ingredients to bring in that flavor, many can be so hot that you lose all ability to taste anything beyond pain, and that's one of the main situations in which

Richman

would find himself tapping out of challenges more often than not. Typical Types...
of Challenges: The Quantity Edition Beyond spicy challenges, you'll find what most people think of when they hear "competitive eating" is quantity based challenges. Like the spicy challenges,

Richman

pointed out what factors make these challenges worse than they are generally. The biggest problem that one comes across when competing in a quantity based challenge is

food

that contains starch and/or was deep friend. Things like french fries, hash browns, baked potatoes, or mashed potatoes tend to fill you up faster than other things like proteins (especially). Those

food

s tend to feel like they're sitting in your stomach longer, which is why potatoes were such a staple of meals for people who didn't have a lot of money back before the days of the Potato Famine in Ireland, for example. There are multiple theories as to what lead to that disaster that basically destroyed all potato crops in the Emerald Isle, but I think we now know who was behind it. That's right,

Adam

Richman

. The Seven Pound Breakfast Burrito Challenge While

Richman

stated that his least favorite challenge ever was the "Fire in Your Hole" challenge at Munchie's 420 Cafe in Sarasota, Florida, that was mainly because he felt that the owner of Munchie's had essentially cheated by altering the challenge to ensure that

Richman

would fail, which I guess would make his cafe look better on television (perhaps he was out of shirts, or the larger point is that if we can no...
longer trust the owner of Munchie's 420 cafe, then we're in trouble as a species). While that "least favorite" challenge involved some tomfoolery by the people making the

food

, we also wanted to include the actual challenge that

Richman

had the most problems with, although this entry also involves some outside factors. The honor goes to the seven-pound breakfast burrito that

Richman

attempted to devour while he was extremely sick. During the above-mentioned ESPN Chat,

Richman

stated "I was extremely sick with a 101 fever and a sinus infection. Add to that I hate chunks of ham and green pepper in

food

and that dish had both. Truly a sucky experience." Considering all the sucky experiences it seemed like

Richman

had (and the eventual depression he developed during the filming of the show), for this to be singled out as the suckiest of sucky situations, means it must've been really bad. Why The Show Ended While it was mentioned that

Richman

gained a lot of weight during the filming of the show and that that was detrimental to both his physical and mental health,

Richman

also felt like the show had really just reached its logical conclusion and that there was really nothing new that they could do or provide to its viewers.

Richman

explained "The simplest way to put it is to say that the spectacle diminishes over time", and so

Richman

took the Seinfeld and Michael Jordan (after his first and second retirements) approach and instead of...
continuing the show for a couple more seasons while the ratings dropped and his BMI increased, he pulled the plug. While his health had something to do with that,

Richman

seemingly resented the rumors that he had cancelled the show because of his health, at least solely. In a Facebook post

Richman

stated "Okay. Once and for ******* all - I am not dead, I am in good health thankfully, have suffered no health setbacks.". All this because someone wrote a fake obituary for

Richman

and the rumor spread online that he was dead.

Richman

called out that "blogger" and the "idiots perpetuated the rumor" while also saying "Sorry haters, I'm vigilant about my health. Take that negative **** to St. Elsewhere. Capice?". That wasn't the last time that

Richman

lashed out at people online as he also went on an epic rant (or ten) against people on Twitter after receiving some negative press for posting a hashtag that was tied to the pro-anorexia crowd that exists online (as a joke). He's Wasn't a Competitive Eater

Adam

Richman

seemed like the perfect fit for Man vs.

Food

as he was equal parts capable of eating vast amounts of

food

and also charming and great on television. That's not because he was just a competitive eater with a good personality, but rather that he was an aspiring actor that liked to eat

food

. After graduating from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (With an undergraduate degree in International Studies) and then...
eventually Yale's Drama School,

Richman

began his acting career with a few guest roles on shows like All of My Children, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, and Guiding Light. His largest pre-Man vs.

Food

role was in 2004 as he portrayed a butcher on the show Joan of Arcadia; he also kept his acting chops sharp by appearing in regional theater productions around the United States, and he kept his wallet full by appearing in television commercials as well (some of which were seen nationally). He was the perfect fit for Man vs.

Food

, though, as he was essentially an expert of

food

before he landed the show. He kept a travel journal that included every restaurant he ate at since 1995 while also self-educating himself on

food

and training to become a sushi chef. The best way to describe

Richman

is that he seemed to be on his way to being the most interesting man in the world . The one thing he wasn't though, was a competitive eater, but he checked so many of the boxes that the Travel Channel wanted, they decided to cast him in what will most likely be the role of a lifetime for

Richman

. Thanks, Yale Drama School. Hungry for more? Why not check out our other videos and hit that subscribe button and notification bell? And don't forget to check out the description for details on how you could win an iPhone X.