Former Dundee striker Christian Nade has ditched pop and sweets in a bid to find a new club.
One of the heroes of the Dark Blues’ Championship-winning side, Frenchman Nade was released by gaffer Paul Hartley last month after a five-month stint at Dens Park.
And having been accustomed to a few ‘fat boy’ jibes from punters in his past, he admits those days are behind him.
While SFA performance director Mark Wotte once said the failings of the Scottish game boiled down to too much Buckfast and burgers, Nade’s downfall was more Mars Bars and Coca-Cola.
“I used to eat like a kid,” said the former Hearts and Sheffield United man.
“Especially when it came to sweets and fizzy drinks. That was my biggest problem.
“In the past, I was never that good about looking after myself but I’ve changed these days. I don’t touch that stuff now.
“If I go back to my old ways, I get annoyed with myself, which helps me to keep going on the right direction.”
The 29-year-old reckons he still has plenty to offer.
And judging by his performance towards the back end of the season at Dens, he could more than do a turn in the second tier.
“I’m in better condition than I’ve ever been in my career,” Nade said.
“In fact, if I lose any more weight I’d just look all bones, which wouldn’t be healthy.
“I’ve always had a thing about my weight, that’s why I don’t want to say how much I’ve lost or even what weight I’m down to.
“I know what I’ve got to offer in the future to whichever club that may be.”