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Tottenham's Huddlestone admits diet has worked

Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone admits he is benefitting from Juande Ramos' strict new diet regime.

"Most of the food we're told to eat now is dry and we're told not to have too much sugar," said Huddlestone. "I miss ketchup with my chicken. But the main thing with me has been trying to stick to water instead of fruit juices which have a lot of sugar in them."

He added: "I've lost a bit of weight but I'm not really concerned with that. I'm more focused on my fitness and being able to last 90 minutes, running more than I was before.

"Training is harder and on average everyone is covering a lot more distance in the games. When you feel lighter and fitter you have more confidence on the ball."

When Ramos took over a struggling team, Huddlestone reacted positively to his new boss.

"He wasn't sure I could last 90 minutes so I've worked harder in training and outside training," said Huddlestone. "I've played the last three games and hopefully that will continue. Three games in six days was probably not something the manager would have trusted me to do before.

"We've got a lot of big games coming up. We've got to try to get ourselves in the top half of the table, we've got a cup final and two big European games. The results are picking up and the performances are getting better."

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