Berlin: Veteran Claudio Pizarro, 37, says ditching treats like chocolate and pizzas helped put him on the verge of becoming the first foreigner to reach the milestone of 400 Bundesliga games.
The evergreen Peru striker could reach the mark when strugglers Werder Bremen play at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday. In a bid to extend his career, Pizarro started working last August with Italian nutritionist Giuliano Poser, who also advises Barcelona's superstar Lionel Messi.
Foods such as sugar, pasta and white bread are now taboo, which has left former Chelsea forward Pizarro in top form despite his advancing years.
"I miss chocolate so much," he admitted. "I feel better and have lost two or three kilos."