The man who devoured Portugal’s biggest hamburgers in minutes

By far, this is the biggest hamburger in the country. It weighs 4.5 pounds and has over 10,000 calories. Serving at the table at Brutus Kitchen in Cascais, Nuno Alvito is familiar with such challenges: eating everything doesn’t pay. And if you break the record, much better. That’s what you did.

He devoured the giant hamburger, weighing just over a pound and a half with meat, in a little over 40 minutes. As a result, the 25-year-old from Lisbon ate the calories his strict diet allowed him to eat in about four days in less than an hour. Diets and roughage challenges in the same sentence? We explained everything.

Nuno introduces himself as Mutante and, despite not having more than two thousand followers on Instagram, is a well-known face of all restaurants that dare put such challenges on their menu. He goes to everyone and rarely misses.

This fire of defiance started during the pandemic, when he was motivated by friends who invited him to not only face these horrible burgers, but also film the whole thing and share it online. Only 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’s here’ (laughs),” she says. “I was always the last person to finish and leave the table. I ate a lot.”

His appetite was insatiable. “I once counted the pieces in a sushi roll. I ate 102 or 103. Employees were already running away from the table. When I filled the paper with more requests, they pretended not to see it.” Today, Nobody can say that Nuno, who is 80 kilos and 1.80 meters long, ate more than a kilo of hamburger without even blinking an eye. It wasn’t always like this.

“When I was 16-17 years old, I weighed 130 pounds when I was younger,” she recalls. “Even though I played rugby, I was overweight. I really had to lose weight because I was in the risk zone.”

He was always chubby and at the age of 16 he already weighed 130 kg.

Although medical tests were normal, the experts’ advice was to lose weight fast. He applied to a dietitian at the club where he trained and lost nearly 15 kilos in the first month. “It was slower then, even in the name of health, it shouldn’t have been too fast.”

Nuno had to make a radical change in her diet to “eat cleaner” in addition to physical exercise. Today he maintains a calorie deficit with just over two thousand calories per day.

When he is not at the Lisbon airport where he is loading and unloading, he dedicates himself to powerlifting, a sport he started practicing in 2019 and competes professionally. This makes your Instagram feed a minefield. On the one hand, images of hard training and heavy dumbbells; On the other hand, kilos of calories in fast food, hamburgers, donuts and dogs. For Nuno, none of this is incompatible as long as there is discipline.

“It’s possible to combine everything, but I have to follow a strict diet. I don’t do the challenge every day. I can do it once a week or every other week, depending on what I eat per week,” she says. “Diet is essential to avoid risking weight gain or health problems.

Nuno does blood tests at least twice a year to keep everything under control. It anticipates analysis when challenges follow one another. For now, there are no signs of cholesterol or diabetes.

Convinced by his friends, he began looking for restaurants that could put calorie monsters on the table. He admits that he has always been impressed by American cooking contests, where the one who eats the most in the shortest time wins, but he thought it was a lie.

Lost weight and now a powerlifter

“I started researching, talked to a Brazilian competitor, and realized it was all true,” he says. He decided to try it for himself with some tips from the pros.

All challenges require advance preparation. “13 or 14 hours before a fight, I eat one last meal with lots of vegetables and protein, and then I fast. This helps expand the stomach,” she says. “I only drink fluids until the fight and stop one to two hours beforehand.”

The trick is to spend as little time as possible chewing. After that? Then the stomach to eat so much. As she eats, she takes small sips from a bottle of water with her eyes on her plate and both hands. The goal is always to finish, but more than that, it’s to break existing records that are usually yours.

“Once it’s over, I try not to eat for the next 16 to 18 hours” explains. “I don’t feel that way at all (laughs).”

He counts more than ten challenges won since starting this hobby and has only failed at one. “It was in Ribs and Company, and it’s all because of the spicy,” she warns. “No one told me it was spicy, they said I could get it out only halfway through the test, but then it doesn’t count.”

What should have been an easy test—he had eaten a few pounds of hamburger in less than 20 minutes—became a stumbling block when he was forced to drink more water than usual to keep the heat down. “The only thing missing was the bottom of the bread,” he complains.

Also sad that there are few restaurants with similar difficulties. Unlike the United States, there is no professional competition for the insatiable eaters, and Nuno has to create his own challenges.

He made giant dogs, burritos and francesinhas at home. “I’ve officially entered more than ten restaurant competitions, but there aren’t many around here, and most are hamburgers.” There are still two challenges to overcome. I want to build Guilty’s double cheeseburger tower and I found out that Aveiro has 3.5 kilos of francesinha. These are the things I have to do.”

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