James Argent plans to bulk up and put on half a stone after weight loss

James Argent has revealed he's planning on putting some weight back on after shedding 13 stone in nine months.

The 34 year old underwent a gastric sleeve surgery in April 2021 after being told by doctors that if he caught Covid-19 at 27stone, he would find if difficult to recover.

After months of therapy, which is still ongoing, he's started getting back control of his eating disorder by following the 20-20-20 rule, which means he eats food the size of a 20p coin, chews it for 20 seconds and waits for another 20 seconds before taking another bite.

“Sometimes I’d get as hungry as I did before,” he explained to the Mirror. “When that happens you eat too quickly. It makes you feel rough and be sick and it’s extremely uncomfortable.”

He continued: “I’ve learned the hard way. There’s been moments where I’ve f***ed up but now I’m used to it.”

Nutrition is just one side of the equation though as James has been working hard at the gym and has enlisted the help of best pal Mark Wright, who he said is a "fantastic" personal trainer.

He said: "We’ve trained together on the weights and he’s always a phone call away.

"Whether it’s weight problems, girl problems or anything else, Mark is always the person I turn to."

While doctors thought it would take him 18 months to reach his goal of 15st 7lb, it's clear the former TOWIE star has exceeded expectations.

The surgeons who performed his surgery last year have since expressed their concerns over how quickly he shed the weight, and James now wants to "bulk up" a bit.

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“I’ve lost a little bit more than what I wanted to, so I want to get more toned, bulk up a little bit and maybe even put on half a stone," he said.

He added that while he's taken back control over his addiction towards food, he now feels he needs to be careful he doesn't spend too much money on clothes as nothing in his wardrobe fits him any longer.

The TV personality shared: "The only thing I’ve really got to watch is that I don’t turn into a shopaholic, because I’ve had to clear out my whole wardrobe.

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“I never imagined my life would be like this. I feel confident, much more energetic, happier and healthier."

"I’m buzzing off life," he added.

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