James Argent showcases his slimmed-down physique as he makes an appearance on Steph's Packed Lunch

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    He is on a mission to lose six stone by Christmas. 

    And James Argent looked in good spirits as he arrived at Leeds Dock for an appearance on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch on Tuesday. 

    The former TOWIE star, 33, opted for a laid back look for his TV appearance where he discussed his gastric band and ongoing weight loss journey. 

    Casual: James Argent looked in good spirits as he arrived at Leeds Dock for an appearance on Channel 4's Steph's Packed Lunch on Tuesday

    Casual: James Argent looked in good spirits as he arrived at Leeds Dock for an appearance on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch on Tuesday

    James donned a grey jumper and a matching pair of tracksuit bottoms as he made his way to the television studio.

    The media personality carried a black bag with him and added to his outfit with a pair of bright green trainers.  

    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’.

    Laid back: The former TOWIE star, 33, opted for a laid back look for his TV appearance where he discussed his gastric band and ongoing weight loss journey

    Laid back: The former TOWIE star, 33, opted for a laid back look for his TV appearance where he discussed his gastric band and ongoing weight loss journey

    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. 

    James is set to take Mark on on his offer and join him in the gym ‘soon’. 

    On Friday, 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.

    Outfit: James donned a grey jumper and a matching pair of tracksuit bottoms as he made his way to the television studio

    Outfit: James donned a grey jumper and a matching pair of tracksuit bottoms as he made his way to the television studio

    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!’

    Arg 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.

    Goals: James is on a mission to lose six stone by Christmas. The TOWIE star recently had gastric sleeve surgery

    Goals: James is on a mission to lose six stone by Christmas. The TOWIE star recently had gastric sleeve 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.

    ‘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.

    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)

    ‘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.

    Fitness fanatic: Mark has reportedly been offering James not only exercise tips but also tips for following a healthy eating regime

    Fitness fanatic: Mark has reportedly been offering James not only exercise tips but also tips for following a healthy eating regime 

    ‘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.’

    Staying healthy: Earlier on Friday, 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 his surgery

    Staying healthy: Earlier on Friday, 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 his surgery

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

    Transformed: Arg has seen his weight creep back up

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

    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.’

    The star 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' (pictured 2018)

    The star 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’ (pictured 2018)

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