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Paul Hollywood sheds the pounds ahead of new Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood is apparently desperate to lose weight ahead of the next series of the hit BBC show.

Paul Hollywood has reportedly been getting weight loss advice from Mary Berry.

The pair star as judges on The Great British Bake Off, and have to sample a huge array of delicious, but often calorific, treats. However, Paul is said to be determined to shed the pounds while shooting the seventh series of the BBC show, and has vowed to cut cakes from his diet off screen.

Mary, 81, has also been offering Paul slimming tips, including cutting down his portion sizes.

"It’s proving difficult for Paul to shift the weight when he’s spending the whole day eating cake," a show source told The Sun newspaper.

"Mary has suggested he just eat smaller portions but he has to try all of the bakes regardless. But off screen he is sticking to a strict diet of absolutely no cakes whatsoever. So he is using his days in the tent like treat days."

Paul has apparently already lost half a stone and has been working with a personal trainer three times a week. But that's not enough, and the 50-year-old is said to be determined to shed another stone by the time the new series airs in August (16).

"Paul is really taking it seriously," the insider added. "He is determined to get into shape after turning 50 in March. The show is such a huge hit that it’s important he is looking good on camera."

In an interview last month (Apr16), Paul told the Daily Mail's Weekend magazine that he was starting to see his "healthy eating spurt" pay off. However, he also insisted he wasn't on a diet.

"I’m on a healthy eating spurt right now," he told the publication. "I’m not thin but I’m on my way there. It’s not a diet; I’m just reducing my calorie intake and I’m seeing a personal trainer and boxing and weightlifting about three times a week.

"It’s difficult. But I’m on target, losing two pounds a week. It’s not so much about losing the weight as being healthy."

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