Paul Hollywood will consume 13,500 calories during Bake Off 2019 and we couldn’t be more jealous

Paul Hollywood Bake Off
Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith eat a whole lot over the course of a series (Picture: Channel 4)

Paul Hollywood consumed a huge 13,500 calories during filming on the Great British Bake Off 2019, according to new important statistics.

While the latest episode saw Paul give his first coveted handshake of the series, he might not be so thankful if he discovered how many calories get troughed over the show’s course.

In statistics calculated by UK food intolerance testing firm YorkTest Laboratories, Paul and co-host Prue Leith will consume 13,500 calories over the series despite only taking a couple of mouthfuls in each taste test.

The research is based upon his intake over the last season, with it estimated Paul noshed 13,273 calories over 10 episodes, 33 rounds, and 75 individual bakes.

YorkTest claim, for example, the first round of episode three from the 2018 series saw Paul sample each contestant’s Chelsea buns, which have an average of 262 calories. They calculated this would mean Paul placed 655 calories in his mouth during the task.

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That’s already a third of the recommended daily intake of calories, with the average for a man being 2,500 per day. He’s not even hit the showstopper round.

Paul Hollywood handshake on Bake Off
Paul Hollywood gave his first handshake of the series last episode (Picture: Channel 4)

If you need an idea on how much 13,274 calories is, it’s the equivalent of 54 McDonald’s quarter pounders, 14 KFC 10 piece bargain buckets, 58 Mars bars and 316 slices of cheese and tomato pizza from Domino’s. Your average Saturday night, right?

Paul has opened up about his secret to weight loss in the past, explaining how he’s seeing a personal trainer and doing weights.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Paul said: ‘I’m on a healthy eating spurt right now. 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 not so much about losing the weight as being healthy.’

The Great British Bake Off continues Tuesday on Channel 4 at 8pm.

MORE: Paul Hollywood awards first handshake of The Great British Bake Off 2019

MORE: Paul Hollywood gets savage and Prue Leith’s spicy mouthful: Highlights from Great British Bake Off’s Bread Week

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