Arg has had a tough journey to get to where he is now!
From the first series of the ITVBe show back in 2010 we saw James tell best pal, Mark Wright he’d put on a few pounds and since then it’s been an up-hill struggle for the telly star.
Following years of yo-yo dieting James vowed to change his life in 2015 and managed to drop a huge four stone by sticking to a strict exercise and diet regime, promising his fans: ‘I’ll never go back to that size’.
But after admitting to putting the weight back on by early 2016, Arg revealed he was bigger than he’d ever been before and in May the star booked himself into No 1 Boot Camp in Norfolk in a bid to get healthy again.
The 29-year-old split from long-term girlfriend, Lydia Bright and took the opportunity to hit the fitness hard – even taking tips off former co-star and fitness guru Dan Osborne which helped him to lose another whopping 30lbs after just six weeks at the boot-camp. WOW!
At the time he told The Sun Online: ‘I am not going to lie – it has been incredibly tough and, yes, I have had the odd lapse.
‘But I am thrilled to have lost three-stone and I do genuinely feel like a new man.’
Unfortunately for the reality star, later that same year Arg gained weight again and admitted he was devastated by his slip, vowing to get back in shape.
But following a weeks of excessive partying and overeating, James found himself in ‘cycles of depression’ and ended up checking himself into a Thai rehab in February in order to ‘battle his demons’.
Since arriving at the celeb retreat, the popular ITVBe personality has since managed to get his exercise and eating back in check and has been showing off his amazingly trim new figure on Instagram – and we can’t believe how great he looks!
Revealing he’s on the ‘final countdown’ before he returns to Essex, Arg looks half the size he was when he flew to the treatment centre and has even had time enjoy his final few days at a water park.
Go Arg! Let’s take a look back at his journey in pictures…