JAMES Argent is aiming to lose at the least SIX stone earlier than Christmas with the assistance of his health fanatic pal Mark Wright.
The previous The Only Way is Essex star has already misplaced two-and-a-half stone following a gastric band operation after ballooning to 27 stone in lockdown.
James, 33, now hopes to take his weight reduction to the following degree by setting a goal of getting below 20 stone earlier than the beginning of 2022.
Talking solely to The Solar On-line, a detailed pal stated he was “decided” to maintain pushing as he feels “a lot more healthy” after his op.
“James desires to misplaced at the least a stone each month between now and 2022,” they defined. “It’s lots however he’s decided to do it as a result of he’s feeling a lot more healthy following his operation.
“He has been getting a whole lot of help particularly from Mark who has been providing him recommendation and sharing train suggestions.
“He’s stated to James he can be a part of him over the health club anytime he likes, and James plans to take him up on the supply quickly.”
James’ newest weight reduction drives comes a day after he was left outside in the rain when security failed to recognise him as he attended a charity soccer match.
Nonetheless, the star seemed in good spirits forward of the Sellebrity soccer occasion, which noticed James Arthur, Jake Wooden and Dan Osborne compete.
Our supply added: “Just a few years in the past James would have been offended however he took it as a little bit of a praise!”
James shocked followers final 12 months when he ballooned to nearly 27 stone during lockdown, admitting he swapped his drink and drug habit for meals.
Revealing the impact the gastric sleeve has had on his life already, he just lately stated: “I am so happy sitting right here at the moment, two-and-a-half weeks after the operation.
“Weight is coming off every day. I am feeling happier and more healthy. I am beginning to really feel like my previous self once more, that is actually going to be a optimistic new chapter for me.”
Pal Mark, 34, has been helping James to lose weight since earlier than his gastric sleeve, however just lately admitted it hasn’t been simple.
Health fanatic Mark, who launched his health app Train Wright with brother Josh, is doing all he can to assist Arg make progress.
He stated: “It isn’t been simple however, , it is simply what you have to do for mates and household – you have to be there for them. Simply bought to do it as a good friend.
“Irrespective of how onerous it may possibly get at instances, making him drop pounds and serving to him drop pounds is nothing as onerous as what it was and the whole lot that he went by way of final 12 months, ?
“That was robust, and it has been robust now, however he is getting there. Now he is decided on what he will do to alter it and hopefully it really works out for him.”
The previous Towie co-stars, who’ve been buddies since faculty, have all the time turned to one another within the robust instances – and Arg has been leaning on Mark in latest months .
A pal of the pair additionally instructed The Solar: “Mark was straight on the cellphone to James to ensure he’s OK.
“They’ve spoken lots and James is aware of that Mark is there for him. Michelle shall be too. They each assume the world of him and wish him to get again to his easiest.”
The good friend stated that James has admitted he discovered his first week again within the UK after spending months in a Thailand retreat was “a little bit of a head-f***.”
He added: “It’s weird. James was looking forward to coming back then just getting home last week from Thailand was a nightmare because of all the travel delays.
“It’s been hard and a bit of a head f*** but in many ways James is used to it more than most of us as he has spent the last few months of his life living that way.
“He is looking to the positive and making sure he gets plenty of rest, eats right and does a bit of exercise everyday. James is absolutely determined not to fall down again and use his trigger as a force for good.
“He looks great, he is happy and healthy – and feels back to his best.”