The actor, who has played John Paul McQueen on the Channel 4 soap since 2006, took to his social media to post a picture of himself over a year ago.
He then followed it with a picture of a more muscular physique in 2022, confirming that he had lost a stone since.
"I have more energy. I sleep better. I feel better. I'm more motivated. More productive," he said (via The Sun).
"I hold my head up. I look people in the eye. I value myself. I have my ambition back. It's never too late to start. Trust the process. #gymmotivation #positivity #selfcare #selflove."
It comes after James and fellow Hollyoaks star Gregory Finnegan confirmed they had teamed up for a new TV project outside of the soap.
The two actors have been filming a pilot episode of a half-hour comedy show called Doctored, Digital Spy has learned, with the two writing, producing and directing alongside a brief cameo.
James marked the end of filming on Instagram, saying: "That's a WRAP on #Doctored. From the bottom of our hearts – THANK YOU to everyone that gave up their time. Without your passion, your unbelievable talent, your sense of humour and your PATIENCE, it wouldn't have been possible. It's been a blast".
The show also stars Hollyoaks co-star Bobby Gordon (Toby Faroe) and Gregory's wife Ariana Fraval.
As for James' character John Paul on Hollyoaks, a current storyline is seeing him fighting his alcohol addiction.
Hollyoaks now streams first on All 4, with new episodes dropping each weekday morning. The show airs Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, and at 7pm on E4. Selected omnibus episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video.
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