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Fitness expert Matt Roberts on what to eat before football if you’re hungover

There are few things in life less pleasant than waking up with a steaming hangover before football.

Every sinew in your dehydrated shell of a body is screaming at you to stay in bed and come up with a good enough excuse to get out of playing.

But what should you do if you’re the 11th man, and pulling out isn’t an option?



We caught up with Matt Roberts, one of the UK’s leading personal trainers, for advice on how to get your body in a decent shape to play.

He said: ” Let’s say Friday night or Saturday night were a big one and you’ve had a lot of fun but you’ve got to play football the next morning.

“This is not really where you want to be but life happens. So how do you try and recover and get energised and woken up?

“There are a few things that you need to try and get right. To soften up the blow of the alcohol you’ve got to try and add some good fats into your system and adding in good oily fats.

“If you can face it in the morning then smoked salmon would actually be really good. Have that alongside some good protein sauces and things like poached eggs.

“Actually a good way is the old fashioned idea of going for a full English breakfast to settle your gut and your body. This kind of does work but with good fats rather than bad fats so go for avocado as it puts more good fats into the system.



“You’re going to need some sugar as well. I wouldn’t normally say this but a glass of orange juice to give you a sugar spike is going to help you to a degree, but have that alongside good protein.

“Finally, not too much of this stuff, but some caffeine will wake you up and get you going.”

Naturya have teamed up with Holland and Barrett and six of the UK’s leading health and fitness experts (including Matt) for their Super Six Campaign, which runs until the end of October. Please visit naturya.com for more information.

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WATCH: Watch the full interview below