James 'Arg' Argent goes for a swim as he battles to lose weight before gastric op after hitting 26 stone

JAMES Argent was pictured going for an al fresco swim yesterday as he fights to lose weight before having a gastric band fitted.

The 33-year-old admitted he had hit 26 stone earlier this year and, in an interview with The Sun, revealed he needed the life changing op or he would die.

Arg blamed his recent weight gain on the Covid crisis, which shut swimming pools and his boxing gym, destroying his exercise routine.

But yesterday, he was back at it as soon as the outdoor pools reopened and he headed to his local lido.

Enjoying the slightly warmer weather, Arg stripped off into his swim shorts and showing how seriously he is taking his weight loss, he wore a cap and goggles so he could swim some lengths.

As well as lack of exercise, Arg’s weight gain is down to replacing drink and drugs with fast food.

Last year, he admitted to The Sun he was a cocaine addict after taking the drug for seven years and suffering two near-fatal overdoses, with ex Gemma Collins calling an ambulance over fears he would die.

And now he believes the only way he will truly lose weight is by getting the gastric band.

In a heartbreaking interview, he told The Sun: “I don’t want to die. An op is the only way I can lose weight.

“I see pictures of myself and it’s too upsetting. The other day I had to ask my manager to put my shoes on for me because I just couldn’t do it — my belly is too big. I can’t do up my own shoe laces.”

He added: “I don’t want to die, it’s as simple as that. I’ve been told by doctors that I am morbidly obese and need to lose weight, but I have an eating disorder, so I can’t do it.

“I’ll either starve and work out three times a day and be really skinny, or do no exercise and eat takeaways every day.

"I can’t maintain my weight — I need help.

“Nobody is trying to stop me from having an op. Everyone knows it’s the only way I can lose weight.”

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