James Argent continues to improve his fitness by swimming at Hackney Reservoir

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James ‘Arg’ Argent continued to improve his fitness by going swimming at Hackney Reservoir on Tuesday.

The former TOWIE star, 33, looked happy and healthier as he delightedly enjoyed the sunny weather by taking a dip at the West Reservoir Centre in London.

Arg recently under went gastric sleeve surgery after his weight creeped up to 27 stone, and has since shed four stone following the procedure.

Happy and healthy: James Argent continued to improve his fitness by swimming at Hackney Reservoir on Tuesday after shedding four stone following gastric band surgery

Happy and healthy: James Argent continued to improve his fitness by swimming at Hackney Reservoir on Tuesday after shedding four stone following gastric band surgery

He was seen wearing a pair of orange swimming trunks and a red swimming cap for the occasion, as he determinedly continued his fitness journey. 

Arg is currently preparing to take part in two open water challenges, the John West Great North Swim and the John West Great East Swim, in June. 

The first will see Arg swim at Brockhole while the second is set to take place in Alton Water in Suffolk.

On Wednesday, Arg said of the benefits of the sport: ‘Swimming is like meditation to me and when I’m in the pool it gives me the chance to clear my mind and focus only on swimming.

Fitness journey: Arg is currently preparing to take part in two open water challenges, the John West Great North Swim and the John West Great East Swim, in June

Fitness journey: Arg is currently preparing to take part in two open water challenges, the John West Great North Swim and the John West Great East Swim, in June

On Wednesday, Arg (pictured with Ferne McCann) said of the benefits of the sport: 'Swimming is like meditation to me and when I'm in the pool it gives me the chance to clear my mind'

On Wednesday, Arg (pictured with Ferne McCann) said of the benefits of the sport: ‘Swimming is like meditation to me and when I’m in the pool it gives me the chance to clear my mind’

‘I’ve got big aspirations to swim across the English Channel, and from Europe to Africa, and I know that the John West Great Swim Series organise two fantastic events in Lake Windermere and Alton Water, that will act as the perfect stepping stones to helping me achieve my dreams.

‘I’m really excited to be back in the pool to start my training again, and can’t wait to take part in both the swim events this June.’

The former TOWIE star talked about his weight and losing four stone during an appearance on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch last month, where he showed his slimmer figure. 

He reflected: ‘I’m four stone lighter now. It’s a really good start. Four stone out of 11 or 12 might seem like a drop in the ocean but I’m pleased I’ve made progress already.

'Four stone out of 11 might seem like a drop in the ocean but I'm pleased': James discussed slimming down after his gastric sleeve surgery on Steph's Packed Lunch last month

‘Four stone out of 11 might seem like a drop in the ocean but I’m pleased’: James discussed slimming down after his gastric sleeve surgery on Steph’s Packed Lunch last month

‘I feel so much happier already, I feel healthier already, I’m lighter on my toes, I’m more confident. I’m really loving life at the moment.’

James also spoke about how weighing 27 stone prior to his surgery, saying he ‘felt horrible’ during the period.

He explained: ‘It felt horrible, I was always extremely uncomfortable, I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror.

‘It felt depressing and it just wasn’t me. Now I’m starting to feel like myself again and I’m excited about what the future is going to bring.’

Transformed: In 2015 (pictured left) the star was the slimmest he'd ever been after losing four stone

Transformed: In 2015 (pictured) the star was the slimmest he’d ever been after losing four stone, but had since seen his weight creep back up

The reality star went on: ‘It was scary being 27 stone… It was serious, doctors were telling me how dangerous it was… I knew it was something I had to address pretty quickly.’

Arg is currently on a mission to lose six stone by Christmas after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery.

James reportedly hopes to ‘lose at least a stone every month between now and 2022’ and will enlist the help of close friend and fitness fanatic Mark Wright.

Mark, 34, has told James ‘he can join him over the gym anytime he likes’.

A source told The Sun: ‘It’s a lot but he’s determined to do it because he is feeling so much healthier following his operation. He’s been getting a lot of support from Mark.’

Mark has reportedly been offering James not only exercise advise but also tips for following a healthy eating regime, and James is set to take Mark on on his offer and join him in the gym ‘soon’. 

Earlier this year, Arg took to Instagram to share a snap of himself wrapped in a towel while at a lido as he explained to fans how he’s taking care of himself after surgery.

He penned: ‘It is extremely important that I continue to take good care of myself not just physically but mentally as well, After such a big operation & life change!’ 

Good friend: James has enlisted the help of close friend and fitness fanatic Mark Wright, 34, who has told James 'he can join him over the gym anytime he likes' (pictured in 2011)

Good friend: James has enlisted the help of close friend and fitness fanatic Mark Wright, 34, who has told James ‘he can join him over the gym anytime he likes’ (pictured in 2011)

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