So far, this is the largest burger in the country. It weighs 4.5 pounds and accounts for well over 10,000 calories. Served at the table at Brutus Kitchen, in Cascais, Nuno Alvito knows this type of challenge well: those who eat everything do not pay. And if you beat the record, all the better. This is what you did.
In just over 40 minutes he devoured the giant hamburger which weighs more than a kilo and a half in meat alone. In short, the 25-year-old from Lisbon ate, in less than an hour, the same calories that his strict diet allows him to take in about four days. Diets and challenges with gross nutrition, in the same sentence? We have explained everything.
Nuno makes himself known with the name of Mutante and despite not having more than two thousand followers on Instagram, he is a familiar face of all the restaurants that dare to put this type of challenge on the menu. He goes to everyone and rarely misses.
This challenge fever started during the pandemic, motivated by friends who challenged him not just to take on these monstrous burgers, but to film and share everything online. It’s just that Nuno already had a reputation for being the go-to guy.
“When they invited me to dinner, they already knew it had to be an all you can eat buffet or a buffet because ‘Nuno came’ (laughs),” he says. “I’ve always been the last to finish and leave the table. I ate a lot.”
His appetite was insatiable. “Once, on a sushi roll, I counted the pieces. I ate 102 or 103. Employees were already running away from the table. They pretended not to see when I filled out the sheet with other requests. “Today, at 80 kilos and 1.80 meters high, no one would say that Nuno devours hamburgers weighing more than a kilo without batting an eye. It wasn’t always like that.
“As a teenager I weighed 130 pounds, when I was 16 or 17,” he recalls. “I was overweight, despite playing rugby. I really had to lose weight because I entered a risk zone ”.
Although the medical tests were normal, the experts’ advice was to lose weight quickly. He turned to the nutritionist at the club where he trained and lost nearly 15 pounds in the first month. “Then it was slower, also for health reasons, it shouldn’t happen too fast.”
In addition to exercise, Nuno was forced to make a radical change in his diet, to “eat cleaner”. Today he maintains his calorie deficit with just over two thousand calories a day.
When not at Lisbon airport, where he takes care of loading and unloading, he dedicates himself to powerlifting, a sport he started practicing in 2019 and in which he competes professionally. This makes your Instagram feed a minefield. On the one hand, the images of hard training and heavy dumbbells; on the other hand, pounds and pounds of calories in fast food, hamburgers, donuts, dogs. For Nuno, none of this is incompatible as long as there is discipline.
“It is possible to combine everything, but I have to follow a strict diet. I don’t challenge every day. I can do this once a week, or once every two weeks, depending on what I ate during the week, ”she says. “Diet is essential in order not to run the risk of gaining weight or having health problems.
To keep everything under control, Nuno takes blood tests at least twice a year. When the challenges follow, he anticipates the analyzes. For now, there are no signs of cholesterol or diabetes.
Convinced by his friends, he began looking for restaurants that could bring caloric monstrosities to the table. He confesses that he has always been fascinated by American food competitions, where the one who eats the most in the shortest amount of time wins, but he thought it was all a lie.
“I started doing research, talked to a Brazilian competitor and realized it was all true,” he says. He decided to try it for himself, with some advice from the pros.
All challenges require preliminary preparation. “I have one last meal with lots of vegetables and protein, in large quantities, 13 or 14 hours before the challenge, and then fast. This helps to expand the stomach, “he says.” Until the challenge, I only drink liquids and stop an hour or two earlier. “
The trick is also to spend as little time chewing as possible. After? Then it’s having the stomach for so much food. As he eats, with his eyes on his plate and with both hands, he takes small sips from a bottle of water. The goal is always to finish, but above all, to beat existing records, which are usually yours.
“When it’s over, I try not to eat for the next 16-18 hours”, explains. “Besides, I never feel like it (laughs).”
He has more than ten challenges he has conquered since starting this hobby and has only failed one. “It was from Ribs and Company and all because of the spiciness,” she warns. “Nobody told me it was spicy, it was only halfway through the test that they told me I could take it off, but then it didn’t matter.”
What should have been an easy test – he’d already eaten several four-pound burgers in well under 20 minutes – became a stumbling block when he was forced to drink more water than usual to lessen the heat. . “Only the bottom part of the bread was missing,” he complains.
He also regrets that there are few restaurants with similar challenges. Unlike in the United States, there is no professional competition for insatiable devourers and Nuno ends up having to create his own challenges.
At home he made giant dogs, burritos and francesinhas. “Officially, I’ve taken part in over ten restaurant challenges, but there aren’t many around here and most of them are burgers.” There are still two challenges to be overcome. “I want to do the double tower of Guilty’s cheeseburger and I discovered that in Aveiro there is a 3.5 kilo francesinha. These are the ones I have to do ”.