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TV Paul's great British weight-off

Paul Hollywood has admitted that he shed pounds while filming The Great British Bake Off despite the culinary temptations on offer - thanks to stress.

The fourth series of Bake Off, judged by Hollywood and Mary Berry, attracted record ratings.

But Paul did not enjoy the same success in the US, where The American Baking Competition, broadcast this summer, was axed due to poor ratings.

The 47-year-old told the Radio Times: "I stress out. I've lost a stone and a bit in the past eight months just through work."

The baker, who left his wife of 15 years Alexandra, 49, earlier this year, said he does not deliberately watch his weight but he is careful about what he eats in the evenings.

"I tend to eat more in the day. In the evening I drink lots of water and try not to eat anything heavy after six o'clock," he said.

Paul's Bake-Off colleague Mel Giedroyc, who hosts the contest with fellow comic Sue Perkins, has said she puts on weight every year when she presents the BBC2 show, which is moving to BBC1 next year.

"I've put on a good 11lb every series. The first couple of episodes it's 'No thank you, not for me'. Cut to the semi-final and we're hoofing up whole quiches," she has admitted.

Paul said he enjoyed filming his new show Pies And Puds on BBC1.

"I love it, love it. Bake Off is me as the judge who everyone knows and loves or hates. Paul Hollywood in Pies And Puds is just me, the cheeky guy," he said. "It's my character coming out."

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