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How to adapt your diet for the off-season

After following a strict diet during the season you’re entitled to the odd treat over the summer.

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.

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

For more nutrition tips:
"Fasting can make you a better player"
What not to eat for football
Treats to cheat yourself fit
Eat for the off-season