James Argent says he’s ‘got a lot to be proud of’ as he celebrates birthday after 11 stone weight loss

James Argent has said he's "got a lot to be proud of" as he celebrates his 34th birthday.

The former TOWIE star has had a health overhaul this year after he underwent gastric sleeve surgery back in April this year and changed his diet and exercise routines, resulting in a whopping 11st weight loss.

Posting to Instagram, the star praised himself on his birthday for his transformation and his house and music group The Arg Band as he posted a photo of himself sitting outside his house in Redbridge.

James – who’s nicknamed Arg – wrote: “THE BIRTHDAY BOY. I can’t actually believe that I’m 34 today!

“I want to thank everyone for their love & support. I continuously get stopped in the street with people saying ‘keep going Arg’ & ‘You’ve got this’.

“I’ve been through a hell of a lot but I’m so lucky to have so many people behind me & that believe in me. I’ve got lots to be proud of. My weight loss, My beloved & the house that I always dreamed of buying but never thought I’d be able to get.

“Hopefully in 2022 I’ll meet the love of my life [laughing face emoji] but most importantly stay happy & healthy!”

Followers were quick to congratulate Arg and wish him happy birthday, with Hollyoaks actress Chelsee Healey saying: “Happy birthday Arg!” followed by multiple heart emojis.

TOWIE star Charlie King said: “The only way has been up up up! Happy birthday James. 2022 is yours man”.

It comes after Arg – who dated Gemma Collins on and off for eight years – announced he proudly reached his goal weight of 15st 7lbs following his surgery.

Arg made the decision to undergo the operation after doctors told him he was "on death row" due to his binge eating during the pandemic.

The Essex star revealed he now follows the 20-20-20 rule, meaning he can only eat food the size of a 20-pence piece. He chews the food for 20 seconds and then waits for another 20 before taking another bite.

Meanwhile, Arg recently said he was "pleased" for his ex-girlfriend Gemma as she has moved on and has plans to start a family with her current boyfriend, Rami Hawash.

Arg told The Sun: "I’m very pleased that she started dating Rami again because I’m actually quite fond of him – he’s a nice guy."

The stars rekindled their romance briefly in October 2020, but they parted ways for good just a month later.

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