TOWIE's James Argent opens up on "life-changing" journey

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Former The Only Way is Essex star James Argent has opened up on his “life-changing” journey.

The television personality, who appeared on the ITV show from 2010 until 2018, underwent gastric surgery in 2021 as a last resort in his battle to lose weight.

He updated his followers on his remarkable change with a post on Instagram, revealing that he’s the happiest he’s ever been with his appearance.

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“The last year has been incredible and life-changing,” he began. Since having gastric sleeve surgery with @wearetransform I have lost over 13st, Dropping from 27st to 14st.

“The weight loss surgery alongside significant lifestyle changes has meant that I’m in the best form of my life – both physically and mentally,” he continued. “My surgery went smoothly and my doctors & nurses have been fantastic at explaining the procedure and guiding me through this journey – a big thank you to them.

“My journey to get to this place has taken years but I’m excited to see what the future holds and I can honestly say I have never felt as confident or more at peace with the man looking back at me in the mirror,” he concluded.

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Argent also revealed that he had another surgery to remove some of the excess skin that he couldn’t affect with diets and exercise, with the aim being to correct parts of his body he was still “self-conscious” about.

Whilst Argent left TOWIE five years ago, the show lost another cast member recently, with Pete Wicks quitting and subsequently slamming the show for its “shit storylines” and being full of “f***ing snakes”. He also put his exit down to his age, saying he was “too old” to continue filming the series.

The Only Way Is Essex airs on ITVBe.

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