So far, this is the biggest hamburger in the country. It weighs 4.5 kilos and accounts for well over 10,000 calories. Served at the table at Brutus Kitchen, in Cascais, Nuno Alvito is well acquainted with these types of challenges: whoever eats everything doesn’t pay. And if you beat the record, so much the better. That’s what he did.
In just over 40 minutes, he devoured the giant hamburger that weighs more than one and a half kilos in meat alone. All in all, the 25-year-old from Lisbon ate, in less than an hour, the same calories that his strict diet allows him to eat in about four days. Diets and gross fed challenges, in the same sentence? We’ve explained everything.
Nuno makes himself known by the name of Mutante and despite not having more than two thousand followers on Instagram, he is a well-known face of all restaurants that dare to put this type of challenges on the menu. He goes to everyone—and rarely misses.
This challenge fever started during the pandemic, motivated by friends who challenged him to not only face these monstrous hamburgers, but to film and share everything online. It’s just that Nuno already had the reputation of 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 was always the last to finish and leave the table. I ate a lot.”
His appetite was insatiable. “Once, at a sushi roll, I counted the pieces. I ate 102 or 103. The employees were already running away from the table. They pretended not to see when I filled the paper with more requests.” Today, with his 80 kilos and 1.80 meters tall, no one would say that Nuno devours hamburgers weighing more than one kilo without batting an eye. It wasn’t always like that.
“I weighed 130 kilos as a teenager, when I was 16 or 17 years old”, 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 in the first month he lost close to 15 kilos. “Then it was slower, even for the sake of health, it shouldn’t happen too quickly.”
In addition to physical exercise, Nuno was forced to make a radical change in his diet, to “eat cleaner”. Today, he maintains his caloric deficit with just over two thousand calories a day.
When he is not at Lisbon airport, where he works in loading and unloading, he dedicates himself to powerlifting — a sport he started to practice 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, 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 do challenges every day. I can do it once a week, or once every two weeks, depending on what I ate during the week,” she says. “Diet is essential to not run the risk of gaining weight or having health problems.
To keep everything under control, Nuno does blood tests at least twice a year. When challenges follow one another, he anticipates analysis. For now, there are no signs of cholesterol or diabetes.
Convinced by his friends, he started looking for restaurants that could put caloric monstrosities on the table. He confesses that he has always been fascinated by American food competitions, where whoever eats the most in the least time wins, but he thought it was all a lie.
“I started researching, talked to a Brazilian competitor and realized that it was all true”, he says. He decided to try it out for himself, with some tips from the pros.
All challenges require prior preparation. “I have a last meal with lots of vegetables and protein, in large amounts, 13 or 14 hours before the challenge, and then I fast. This helps expand the stomach,” he says. “Until the challenge, I only drink liquids, and I stop one to two hours beforehand.”
The trick is also to spend as little time as possible chewing. After? Then it’s having the stomach for so much food. While 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 more than that, to beat existing records – which are usually yours.
“When it’s over, I try not to eat for the next 16 to 18 hours,” explains. “I also never feel like it (laughs).”
He counts more than ten challenges conquered since he started this hobby and he only failed one. “It was at Ribs and Company and all because of the spiciness,” he warns. “No one told me it was spicy, it was only halfway through the test that they told me I could have taken it off, but then it didn’t count.”
What should have been an easy test — he had already eaten several four-pound hamburgers in well under 20 minutes — became an obstacle, when he was forced to drink more water than usual to lessen the heat. . “All that was missing was the bottom part of the bread”, he laments.
He also regrets that there are few restaurants with similar challenges. Unlike the United States, there is no professional competition for insatiable devourers, and Nuno ends up having to create his own challenges.
At home, he has made giant dogs, burritos and francesinhas. “Officially, I’ve participated in more than ten restaurant challenges, but there aren’t many around here and most are hamburgers.” There are still two challenges to be conquered. “I want to make Guilty’s double cheeseburger tower and I found out that there is a 3.5 kilo francesinha in Aveiro. These are the ones I need to do.”