James Argent is on a mission to lose six stone by Christmas.
The former TOWIE star, 33, who recently had gastric sleeve surgery, ‘wants to lose at least a stone every month between now and 2022’ and will enlist 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’.
Goals: James Argent, 33, is on a mission to lose six stone by Christmas. The TOWIE star recently had gastric sleeve surgery
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.’
Mark has reportedly been offering James not only exercise advise but also tips for following a healthy eating regime.
James is set to take Mark on on his offer and join him in the gym ‘soon’.
On Friday, the TV personality showcased his slimmed down physique in an all black ensemble as he arrived at QPR’s grounds in London ahead of a charity event.
Good friend: James has enlisted the help of close friend and fitness fanatic Mark Wright, 34, who has told James ‘he can join him over the gym anytime he likes’ (pictured in 2011)
Fitness fanatic: Mark has reportedly been offering James not only exercise tips but also tips for following a healthy eating regime
He looked relaxed as he arrived at the football match where he was set to perform during half-time with his group The Arg Band.
Earlier on Friday, Arg took to Instagram to share a snap of himself wrapped in a towel while at a lido as he explained to fans how he’s taking care of himself after surgery.
He penned: ‘It is extremely important that I continue to take good care of myself not just physically but mentally as well, After such a big operation & life change!’
Arg recently lost more than 2.5st from a £10,000 live-saving gastric sleeve surgery last month.
Staying healthy: Earlier on Friday, Arg took to Instagram to share a snap of himself wrapped in a towel while at a lido as he explained to fans how he’s taking care of himself after his surgery
He made his first public appearance since the life-saving surgery on Loose Women, saying he was ‘buzzing’ as his weight was ‘coming off every day’ after having the £10,000 sleeve gastrectomy operation.
Arg revealed he has managed to shed 2.5st off his 27st weight and detailed how his ex-girlfriend Lydia Bright, 30, ‘has been amazing’ as he recovers from surgery.
James told the panel: ‘I’m so pleased, sitting here today, two and a half weeks after the operation, gradually weight is coming off each and every day.
‘I’m going on long walks, I’m feeling happier, I’m feeling healthier, I’m starting to feel like my old self again. I think I definitely made the right decision. This is really going to be a positive new chapter for me. I’m buzzing.’
James said he has lost 2.5st already since starting the pre-op diet just before surgery.
‘I’m starting to recognise myself in the mirror again, the confidence is starting to come back, my looks are coming back,’ he said.
‘So I’m just really, really pleased. I don’t feel depressed, I just feel positive. Obviously there’s tough days, it’s a big operation and it’s a big life-change for me. But I’m just so glad I went ahead.’
Reconnected: James said he and ex long-term girlfriend Lydia Bright were now closer than ever again (pictured 2016)
The television personality went on to detail his recovery so far, which he says has been ‘pretty hard’.
He said: ‘There are some days that are tougher than others. Initially after the operation, you’re coming off the anaesthetic and it’s a shock to the system for a couple of days. Gradually each day gets easier and easier.
‘The only battle at the moment I suppose is more mentally. I’ve been on nothing but liquids for two weeks.
‘I’m onto the third week now, I’ve slowly moved onto mushy food, like baby food, I’m kind of blending soft foods and eating.’
Transformed: In 2015 (pictured left) the star was the slimmest he’d ever been after losing four stone, but had since seen his weight creep back up
Arg said he didn’t have any cravings for fast food or takeaway and instead fancies a chicken salad ‘or a bit of fish and rice’.
He added: ‘I’ve only got another two weeks of mushy food, soft food and then I’ll be moving on to solids and then I’ll be able to get a nice chicken salad down my neck and it’ll be good.’
James also spoke about how he has been for sober more than a year after overcoming his drug addiction and says he will remain in therapy sessions and counselling.
He said: ‘It’s a great milestone. I’ve got plenty of support. I’m very aware that me having this gastric sleeve surgery, it’s going to help me a lot physically, but it’s not necessarily going to help me mentally.
‘I’ve still got to really keep on top of my meetings, keep on top of therapy sessions, counselling, group stuff and I know that just because I’ve had this surgery I’ve still got a lot to do and I still need to put a lot of work and effort into my mental health for sure.’
The star said: It’s a great milestone. I’ve got plenty of support. I’m very aware that me having this gastric sleeve surgery, it’s going to help me a lot physically’ (pictured 2018)