James ‘Arg’ Argent has set a new weight loss goal, joking with his friends he plans to be “half the man he was”.
The former TOWIE star, 31, reached 27th place during the lockdown and previously said he wanted to lose 10th but now wants to lose 15th, more than half of his body weight.
According to The Sun, James threw away all of his XXL size clothes in an effort to stay motivated on his weight loss journey.
Health: James ‘Arg’ Argent has set a new weight loss goal, joking with friends he plans to be “half the man he was” (pictured in May)
A friend told the newspaper: “James has never felt better in his life and the weight has dropped much faster than he ever imagined. It made him realize that he can lose even more weight, so he plans to go.
“The only downside is he has to buy a whole new wardrobe. But he puts away objects that he no longer carries or that drown him so as not to be tempted to gain weight. James is making a change for life. ‘
James, who had gastric sleeve surgery, was once “terrified” to leave home as he was ashamed of his appearance but has already lost an impressive six stones.
The reality TV star’s next ambition is to swim the English channel and he also has hopes of running a marathon.
Goal: The former TOWIE star, 31, reached 27th place during lockdown and previously said he wanted to lose 10th but now wants to lose 15th, more than half of his body weight (pictured in 2019 )
Arg previously spoke about his struggles with his weight during the lockdown during an appearance on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch.
He said: “It was horrible, I was still extremely uncomfortable, I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror.
“It was depressing and it just wasn’t me. Now I’m starting to feel like myself again and I’m excited about what the future will bring me.
“It was scary having 27 stones… It was serious, the doctors were telling me how dangerous it was… I knew it was something I had to fix pretty quickly. “
“I’m lighter now. It’s a really good start. Four out of 11 or 12 stones might seem like a drop in the ocean, but I’m glad I made some progress already.
Make changes: James recently had gastric sleeve surgery after his weight dropped to almost 27 stones and he’s already lost six stones (seen left in 2019, right in May)
“I already feel so much happier, I already feel healthier, I am lighter on my toes, I am more confident. I really like life at the moment.
He also hailed his gastric sleeve surgery as “the best thing I have ever done”.
Arg also said he sometimes worries about having his picture taken when he leaves the house.
He said: “It can be a lot of pressure… There were times when I was at my biggest, I felt uncomfortable leaving the house and sometimes I would wait until it got dark before I went. leaving the house because I was aware of taking pictures of myself… ‘
“Now I’m in a place where I’m on this journey, I’m gradually losing weight and accepting my current appearance. “
Motivation: James threw away all of his XXL size clothes in an effort to stay motivated on his weight loss journey (pictured in May)
James’ close friend and former TOWIE co-star Mark Wright recently told MailOnline that he is helping his friend lose weight.
He explained, “With Arg it’s all about motivation, just keeping him motivated, just complimenting him and telling him he can do it.
“We trained together a few times and really changed his lifestyle. Make sure he gets up and does the exercise first, otherwise he won’t.
“I just do the gestures and help her live as I live. Diet and eat the right foods and let him know that he doesn’t have to eat the wrong foods that he chooses sometimes.
“He’s doing really, really well and I think in a few months we’re going to see a really huge change in him. He will be the best he has ever been.
“He’s doing great, exceptionally fine, I’m so, so proud of him. “
Cheer him on: James’ friend Mark Wright praised Huim after his gastric sleeve surgery, telling MailOnline exclusively: “He’s doing very well, exceptionally well”