Arg’s 3 stone weight loss for Channel 4’s Sink or Swim has transformed his mental health – The Sun
HE ballooned to 24 stone earlier this year and was left terrified he'd "die" if he didn't lose weight.
But things are certainly looking up for Towie's James Argent – who's shedding the pounds quicker than his girlfriend Gemma Collins quit I'm A Celeb.
The Towie star has apparently blitzed more than three stone after signing up to Channel 4's new show Sink Or Swim, which put him through a gruelling training regime to get fit.
The programme will see him and other celebs attempt to swim the English Channel in order to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.
Speaking about his new-found fitness in an exclusive interview, Arg said: "It's been fantastic for me. It's been really good to get myself into a good routine and structure and to exercise every day.
"I feel so happy at the moment. I feel good.
"I'm starting to lose weight, and the distance that I’m swimming is getting longer and longer. It's really been fantastic for me. It's just come at the right time.
"I think we've been filming for about a month and a half, if that, and we're doing the Channel swim after three months. So, I'm just really hoping to get my fitness and stamina up."
James has even turned to a leading sports scientist in a bid to shed to pounds and get in shape to swim from England to France.
He said: "I'm on a diet. I've been to see Professor Greg Whyte, who's like the leading sports scientist.
"He’s helped people like Davina and David Walliams when they’ve taken on big challenges for Sport Relief.
"I had to pass a medical with him before I was allowed to do this show and take on the challenge. I did that and it’s been good to get his advice. He's a good man.
I'm starting to lose weight, and the distance that I’m swimming is getting longer and longer. It's really been fantastic for me. It's just come at the right time
"So basically, he’s put me on a special meal prep plan.
"So, all my meals are planned for me, made up and then sent to me.
"I don’t even have to think about it, I just have to eat what they send me.
"That’s been a real help because I've always got gigs in Spain, or I've gigs up and down the country.
"I'm always on the go, so I need to watch what I eat. So, this way has been really great because it’s a weight off my shoulders, one less thing to think about."
The Essex singer has also credited the programme for helping him to become "mentally strong".
He added: "I know I've had to be quite strong mentally.
"But it's just been really good for me. No one thought I was going to run the marathon all those years ago, and I did it.
I feel like this is another opportunity to really show some of the people, my doubters, that I can achieve something if I set my mind to it
"Even my family, friends, no one believed I was going to do it and I proved people wrong.
"I feel like this is another opportunity to really show some of the people, my doubters, that I can achieve something if I set my mind to it.
"Even now after weeks of training, many people don't believe I'll be able to do it. But I just can't wait to prove those people wrong."
It comes after Arg told The Sun he'd hit 24 stone and was worried he'd "die" if he didn't lose weight.
He said at the time: “I’ve had check-ups. My heart’s OK, I have no signs of diabetes and my cholesterol is not too high.
“But I was weighed and I was the biggest I’d ever been — around 24 stone. I could become ill or die. The swim is an opportunity to sort my life out.”
He added: “I need to lose about eight stone or more. I’ve got a long way to go even after I swim the Channel. But it’s just a perfect way to kick-start my healthy weight loss.
“I get a bit of stick on social media for my size. You try to be thick-skinned but it does affect you.”
Arg will be joining stars including Love Island's Wes Nelson, The Last Leg's Alex Brooker and Blue singer Simon Webbe on the new series of Sink Or Swim tonight on Channel 4 at 9.30pm, straight after the new series of Bake Off.
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