Andy Goode credits his new diet of croissants, foie gras and baguettes for shaping the trim physique that has revived his England career.
Goode has been feasting on French cuisine since his move to Brive last summer, yet is in the shape of his life, shedding several pounds from the figure that endured a two-year international exile.
And while the 29-year-old former Leicester fly-half is a devotee of England's new hard-line fitness regime, he finds his new eating habits have also contributed.
"Croissants are quite nice and I eat foie gras now as well. But the big thing I've noticed in France is the bread," he said.
"They eat so much bread in France. Bread used to be taboo at Leicester but the food is stodgier in England.
"You don't put weight on with the French bread - if I'd eaten the amount of bread I eat in Brive when I was at Leicester I'd have been huge.
"I've worked hard since the Six Nations. Our goals are to be as fit as we possibly can.
"Martin Johnson said we need to get back to where we were at the 2003 World Cup when England were setting the standard."
Goode's culinary tastes may have changed since leaving Leicester for the French Top 14 but England fans obviously believe his playing style remains much the same.
As the goalkicker in Saturday's 37-15 victory over Argentina, he was the target for jeering as England booted their way to a clinical but dull win at Old Trafford.
Having supplied 22 points against the ever-physical Pumas he refuses to apologise for the tactics that left the 40,521 crowd stifling yawns.
"If I was bothered about what people thought or wrote about me in the past I would have given up years ago," he said.
"As a player the only opinions that matter are your coach's and team-mates'.
"If people perceive me as a kicking fly-half, there's nothing I can do about it.
"People were booing on Saturday but we were there to win a Test match and we did that pretty comfortably and could have won by more.
"We weren't there to score four tries and get bonus points, we were there to win. Johnno said afterwards you must be pragmatic to win Tests.
"In the past teams have thrown the ball around against Argentina but the Pumas thrive off that pressure and have won a few games."