English television personality, and former TOWIE star, James Argent, was told by doctors that he was ‘dicing with death’ if he didn’t lose weight.
The Only Way Is Essex star has been focusing on a healthier lifestyle over the last year after doctors told him he was ‘dicing with death’.
He has now reached his goal weight of 15st 7lb after putting in the hard work.
“I reached the heaviest I’ve ever been in the height of the pandemic and doctors said I was dicing with death because I’ve got bad asthma and was morbidly obese, which was the worst possible combination if I was to catch Covid,” he explained.
His weight gain happened just as the lockdown happened and after he kicked his drugs and alcohol addictions.
“I was living alone and even though I wasn’t doing drink or drugs, which I was extremely proud of, I was comfort-eating out of boredom and to escape feelings, and it got out of control,” James added to The Sun.
As most facilities were closed, Arg turned to fried chicken, pizzas, curries, pie and mash, burgers and chips for comfort.
He even drank sugary drinks with his lunch and dinner. Even after a meal, he would still be snacking.
“My favourite was pie and mash, but I’d get three pies, three portions of mash and plenty of liquor sauces — chilli, vinegar and pepper,” the reality star said. “Or I would tuck into an Indian takeaway with poppadoms, onion bhajis, naan bread, chicken madras, pilau rice and even a couple of lamb chops.”
The ex-TOWIE star underwent weight loss surgery seven months ago after reaching 27 stone.
He had the operation at the Transform Hospital Group at the private Burcot Hall Hospital near Birmingham, which cost £10,000.
The surgery means that he can now only eat small portion sizes and is unable to drink half an hour before or after eating.
He said that the surgery had a huge “mental effect” on him as he lost the cravings for fast food he once had.
Back in April, he revealed to fans that he was getting surgery, declaring on Instagram at the time: “Today Is the First Day of the Rest of My Life. My weight loss journey has STARTED.
“I’ve had my gastric sleeve surgery with the incredible team at @wearetransform. I’ve struggled with my weight for years but I’m finally ready both physically & mentally to do something about it.
“The next few months are going to be tough but I’m determined to reclaim my life! New Chapter.”