James ‘Arg’ Argent looked as happy as ever on Thursday as he donned a baggy shirt which swamped him after his incredible nine-and-a-half stone weight loss.
The former TOWIE star, 33, had a gastric sleeve fitted earlier this year and has been shedding the pounds ever since.
Doctors had ordered James to ‘lose weight or die’ after he weighed in at 27 stone.
Slimmed down: James ‘Arg’ Argent looked as happy as ever on Thursday as he donned a baggy shirt which swamped him after his incredible nine-and-a-half stone weight loss; pictured right 2019
James looked like a different man in the snap wearing the baggy red patterned shirt, white jeans and black loafers.
He beamed in the photo while his grown out brunette hair was parted in the middle.
The reality star has been very open about his weight loss journey and took to Instagram after his surgery earlier this year: ‘Back on solid foods. I’m Delighted with the results, 5 1/2 Stone weight loss so far! Thanks to the team @wearetransform who have been guiding me on the how to integrate solids back into my diet.
‘I’m aiming to stick to nutritionally packed foods as part of a well balanced diet to help me reach my weight loss goals.’
Weight loss journey: James had a gastric sleeve fitted earlier this year and has been shedding the pounds ever since; pictured in April 2021
In June, the reality star appeared on Steph’s Packed Lunch where he talked about his weight loss journey.
He explained: ‘It felt horrible, I was always extremely uncomfortable, I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror.
‘It felt depressing and it just wasn’t me. Now I’m starting to feel like myself again and I’m excited about what the future is going to bring.’
The reality star went on: ‘It was scary being 27 stone… It was serious, doctors were telling me how dangerous it was… I knew it was something I had to address pretty quickly.’
He reached 27st during lockdown and previously said he wanted to lose a total of 10st but now wants to shed 15st, more than half his previous body weight.
James reportedly hoped to ‘lose at least a stone every month between now and 2022’ and has enlisted the help of close friend and fitness fanatic Mark Wright.
Mark, 34, has told James ‘he can join him over the gym anytime he likes’.
A source told The Sun: ‘It’s a lot but he’s determined to do it because he is feeling so much healthier following his operation. He’s been getting a lot of support from Mark.’
The paper added that James has thrown out all of his size XXL clothing in a bid to keep himself motivated on his weight loss journey.
A pal told the paper: ‘James has never felt better in his life and the weight has dropped off far more quickly than he ever expected. It’s made him realise he can lose even more weight so he plans to just go for it.
‘The only downside is he is having to buy a whole new wardrobe. But he’s binning those items he no longer wears or which drown him so he’s not tempted to pile back on the pounds. James is making a change for life.’
The reality star’s next ambition is to swim the English channel and he also has hopes of running a marathon.
Sad: He explained on Steph’s Packed Lunch in June: ‘It felt horrible, I was always extremely uncomfortable, I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror’; pictured in 2019