James Argent embarks on new swimming programme

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James Argent has taken up swimming in the latest development in his life-changing health and fitness regime, after his gastric sleeve surgery. 

The former TOWIE star, 33, posed for pictures at the London Field Lido in Hackney and revealed he has signed up to the Better Swim Doctor programme to help keep him focused and on track ahead of International Learn to Swim Week.

He said: ‘Swimming is going to be a big part of my weight loss journey and I’ve signed up to the Better Swim Doctor programme to keep me focused and help improve my fitness. I’ve always enjoyed swimming’.

Hard work: James Argent has taken up swimming in the latest development in his life-changing health and fitness regime, after his gastric sleeve surgery

Hard work: James Argent has taken up swimming in the latest development in his life-changing health and fitness regime, after his gastric sleeve surgery

Arg’s appearance at the pool comes after he recently lost more than 2.5st from a £10,000 live-saving gastric sleeve surgery last month.  

He made his first public appearance since the life-saving surgery on Loose Women, saying he was ‘buzzing’ as his weight was ‘coming off every day’ after having the £10,000 sleeve gastrectomy operation.

Arg revealed he has managed to shed 2.5st off his 27st weight and detailed how his ex-girlfriend Lydia Bright, 30, ‘has been amazing’ as he recovers from surgery. 

James told the panel: ‘I’m so pleased, sitting here today, two and a half weeks after the operation, gradually weight is coming off each and every day. 

Work work work: The former TOWIE star, 33, posed for pictures at the London Field Lido in Hackney and revealed he has signed up to the Better Swim Doctor programme to help keep him focused and on track ahead of International Learn to Swim Week

Work work work: The former TOWIE star, 33, posed for pictures at the London Field Lido in Hackney and revealed he has signed up to the Better Swim Doctor programme to help keep him focused and on track ahead of International Learn to Swim Week

Changing up: He has transformed his shape (pictured in March)

Changing up: He has transformed his shape (pictured in March)

‘I’m going on long walks, I’m feeling happier, I’m feeling healthier, I’m starting to feel like my old self again. I think I definitely made the right decision. This is really going to be a positive new chapter for me. I’m buzzing.’ 

James said he has lost 2.5st already since starting the pre-op diet just before surgery.

‘I’m starting to recognise myself in the mirror again, the confidence is starting to come back, my looks are coming back,’ he said. 

Making a splash! He said: 'Swimming is going to be a big part of my weight loss journey and I've signed up to the Better Swim Doctor programme to keep me focused and help improve my fitness. I've always enjoyed swimming'

Making a splash! He said: ‘Swimming is going to be a big part of my weight loss journey and I’ve signed up to the Better Swim Doctor programme to keep me focused and help improve my fitness. I’ve always enjoyed swimming’

‘So I’m just really, really pleased. I don’t feel depressed, I just feel positive. Obviously there’s tough days, it’s a big operation and it’s a big life-change for me. But I’m just so glad I went ahead.’

The television personality went on to detail his recovery so far, which he says has been ‘pretty hard’.  

He said: ‘There are some days that are tougher than others. Initially after the operation, you’re coming off the anaesthetic and it’s a shock to the system for a couple of days. Gradually each day gets easier and easier. 

‘The only battle at the moment I suppose is more mentally. I’ve been on nothing but liquids for two weeks. 

Working hard: Arg's appearance at the pool comes after he recently lost more than 2.5st from a £10,000 live-saving gastric sleeve surgery last month

Working hard: Arg’s appearance at the pool comes after he recently lost more than 2.5st from a £10,000 live-saving gastric sleeve surgery last month

‘I’m onto the third week now, I’ve slowly moved onto mushy food, like baby food, I’m kind of blending soft foods and eating.’ 

Arg said he didn’t have any cravings for fast food or takeaway and instead fancies a chicken salad ‘or a bit of fish and rice’.  

He added: ‘I’ve only got another two weeks of mushy food, soft food and then I’ll be moving on to solids and then I’ll be able to get a nice chicken salad down my neck and it’ll be good.’ 

Happy days: The television personality went on to detail his recovery so far, which he says has been 'pretty hard'

Happy days: The television personality went on to detail his recovery so far, which he says has been ‘pretty hard’

James also spoke about how he has been for sober more than a year after overcoming his drug addiction and says he will remain in therapy sessions and counselling.

He said: ‘It’s a great milestone. I’ve got plenty of support. I’m very aware that me having this gastric sleeve surgery, it’s going to help me a lot physically, but it’s not necessarily going to help me mentally. 

‘I’ve still got to really keep on top of my meetings, keep on top of therapy sessions, counselling, group stuff and I know that just because I’ve had this surgery I’ve still got a lot to do and I still need to put a lot of work and effort into my mental health for sure.’ 

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