But if you let the odd treat turn into a regular fixture, you’ll be returning to pre-season with a t-shirt stretching paunch.
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This will invite some friendly banter in the changing room and when we say friendly, we mean merciless.
To make sure you’re showing off a six pack and not a bargain bucket, you need to maintain a healthy diet and cut down your carbohydrate intake, says Arsenal nutritionist, James Collins.
For more strategies on how to stay trim during the off-season, watch this video and listen to Collins’ advice.
James Collins was talking at the Science + Football Conference. For more information visit www.scienceandfootball.com.