Friday 18 October 2019

Mary Berry: I calorie-count and I don’t snack to stay in shape

The former Bake Off star said she is too ‘ancient’ to have an 8oz steak.

Mary Berry: I calorie count and I don’t snack to stay in shape (Ian West/PA)
Mary Berry: I calorie count and I don’t snack to stay in shape (Ian West/PA)

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Mary Berry has said she counts her calories and avoids snacking as she shared her tips for staying in shape.

The TV star and baker, 83, also joked that she does not eat large portions of steak because she is “ancient”, but that she believes in having three meals a day to maintain her figure.

Berry told Good Housekeeping magazine: “I don’t snack. If I’m at home, I might have a cup of tea with my husband with a piece of toast or a small piece of cake.

Mary Berry in Good Housekeeping magazine (Elisabeth Hoff/Good Housekeeping)

“On the whole, I really watch calories. I always have a good meal in the evening with lots of vegetables and a smaller portion of meat or fish.

“I believe in a balanced diet, and because I’m ancient I don’t need an 8oz steak.”

But the former Great British Bake Off star did admit to enjoying treats.

She said: “I do like a glass of wine. I’m not one to devour chocolates, but after supper I have a chocolate of some sort, perhaps one of those Lindt balls.”

Berry, who returns to screens next week with new BBC Two series Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking, said that she loves to keep busy and that she is “very lucky to be asked to do things”.

On her surprise appearance at Camp Bestival festival last year, she said: “I cooked with Rick Astley and somehow or other he persuaded me to play the drums on stage afterwards.

“I was rubbish! But they said I was a natural.”

The full interview is in Good Housekeeping, out now.

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