He’s celebrating one year since his life-changing gastric sleeve surgery and subsequent 14 stone weight loss.
And James Argent continued his healthy lifestyle as he enjoyed a recent walk with his ex Lydia Bright’s mother Debbie around their native Essex.
The former TOWIE star, 34, showed off his trimmed-down frame in black sportswear as they made them most of the fine weather.
Out and about: James Argent continued his healthy lifestyle as he enjoyed a recent walk with his ex Lydia Bright’s mother Debbie around their native Essex
James slipped on a black hoodie, which he teamed up with coordinating shorts and socks, while he brightened up his look with orange and green trainers.
Meanwhile Debbie, 58, also opted for a casual look as she walked her dog, donning a black sweater and leggings teamed with a teddy fleece wrapped around her waist.
The duo looked in good spirits as they strolled around, before James was stopped for a photo from a fan.
James and Debbie have remained close even after his eight-year relationship with her daughter Lydia, 31, came to an end in 2016.
Company: The former TOWIE star, 34, showed off his trimmed-down frame in black sportswear as they made them most of the fine weather [pictured with Debbie]
While James and Lydia themselves have stayed close, with the pair even attending Tom Parker’s funeral together last month.
Meanwhile, to celebrate the one year anniversary of his life-changing gastric sleeve surgery, James took to Instagram on Thursday to show off the difference in his appearance.
The TV star shared before and after snaps; one as he laid on a hospital bed before the gastric sleeve procedure back in 2021 and another of his newly svelte figure enjoying the summer sun.
Looking good: James slipped on a black hoodie, which he teamed with coordinating shorts and socks, while he brightened up his look with orange and green trainers
Keeping fit: James wore a pair of headphones as he continued his fitness regime amid his weight loss
Lovely: James flashed a dazzling smile as he spent time with Lydia’s mum Debbie
In the before shot, James wore a hospital gown as he gave the thumbs up to the camera after doctors told him he needed to lose ten stone to save his health.
Pictured at the Transform private hospital, the Essex based reality star smiled as he topped the scales at 27 stone.
In the second shot, taken recently, James looked amazing in a striking baby blue Fiorucci sweater.
Low-key look: Meanwhile Debbie, 58, also opted for a casual look as she walked her dog, donning a black sweater and leggings teamed with a teddy fleece wrapped around her waist
Say cheese: The duo looked in good spirits as they strolled around, before James was stopped for a photo from a fan
Outing: Debbie helped James keep up his fitness as they enjoyed a walk together
Friendship: James and Debbie have remained close even after his eight-year relationship with her daughter Lydia, 31, came to an end in 2016
Former couple: James dated Debbie’s daughter Lydia between 2008-2016 (pictured in 2011)
Emblazoned with a cherub logo, the star holds his hands in the pockets of his slim fit jeans as he beamed for the camera.
He wrote: ‘Celebrating one year surgery anniversary, thanks to @wearetransfrom for the support. Best decision I ever made ‘.
James underwent a gastric sleeve operation which saw his stomach reduced to 20% of it’s original size. Forcing the star to only be able to eat small portions, felling fuller much quicker.
James previously revealed he was shocked when he was placed in an eating disorder unit during his first trip to rehab in 2014 after going to treat drug addiction.
‘Best decision I ever made’: A trim James, (left) showed off his amazing 14 stone weight loss on Instagram on Thursday as he celebrated a year since his gastric sleeve surgery
Happier and healthier: James appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain in April showing off his trim physique
Speaking to MailOnline, the TV personality, who is now happily sober, revealed that staff at a rehab center were the first one to identify his issues with food, and tried to teach him coping strategies such as mindful eating.
‘When I actually went to rehab for the first time, I went there initially for my problems with drink and drugs or whatever, and after a few days I got put in the eating disorder unit,’ James explained of his unexpected diagnosis.
James said he has continued with the techniques he was taught, revealing: ‘They tried to teach me to do mindful eating instead of shoving it down, put your phone away, relax, chew your food plenty of times, let the meal last 20 minutes , don’t rush your food so that’s what I’m trying to do now.
Needing help: The TV personality revealed that he struggled with binge eating for years – once tipping the scales at 27stone, before having a gastric sleeve fitted and has since lost 14stone and hopes to gain a stone (pictured left in 2020)
Honest: The reality star has revealed that his drink and drug abuse has in the past had ‘terrible effects’ on his loved ones – even leading some to seek therapy to cope
But he added that his binge eating struggles felt like a lot to deal with alongside his issues with alcohol and drugs. ‘You start to go a bit mad, cos you’re like, “Oh how many problems have I got, how many issues can one man possibly have,” he said.
‘With a lot of addicts, you’re not specifically addicted, like for example for alcoholics if alcohol is taken away, they can get addicted to something else whether it be food, love, gambling, so it’s not necessarily the specific drug or alcohol , sex or gambling, it can be an addiction as a whole. ‘
‘For me, when I took away the drink and the drugs that led me back to food, it could be a vicious cycle.’
James also revealed to MailOnline that he still has to be mindful when it comes to his diet, despite having his gastric sleeve.
Careful now: James also revealed to MailOnline that he still has to be mindful when it comes to his diet, despite having his gastric sleeve (pictured in 2019)
‘I do actually still get hungry, people think do you still get hungry anymore but I do,’ he pointed out. ‘I just have to be careful that I don’t shove it in too quickly or take too big mouthfuls, I need to eat, they say it’s 20/20/20, so you have on your fork you have food the size of a 20 pence piece, 20 chews and then you wait 20 seconds until you go again. ‘
‘And I’ll be honest with you, I can’t do a great deal in one hit but I try and eat little and often so I embarrass my friends. Basically anyone I go out for dinner with, I embarrass because I go for dinner, order what I fancy or want. ‘
‘But I can’t just go to nice restaurants and order a nice meal and then only have a few bites and that’s it, I always get doggy bags, every single time what I don’t manage to get through I take it home with me. ‘
Looking great: The star also revealed that his friends are embarrassed to go to dinner with him now because he has to eat little and often and will often ask for a doggy bag to go