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James Argent has shared the secrets behind his incredible 13stone weight loss.
The reality star developed a binge-eating disorder during the coronavirus lockdown but has since become unrecognisable.
Better known as Arg, he paid £10,000 to have gastric sleeve surgery forcing him learn a whole new way of eating.
The 35-year-old revealed he takes tiny bites out of a French fry, chews it slowly for 20 seconds, swallows, waits another 20 seconds before taking another bite and repeating, reports The Mirror.
Last year during lockdown the star was eating alone, scoffing down fast food after his binge-eating disorder spiralled out of control.
He told The Mirror: “My whole day revolved around it – when was my next meal.
“I’d start off with a big full English breakfast, then throughout the day I’d have fizzy drinks, chocolate, chewy sweets and crisps. For lunch and dinner I’d have takeaways.”
Arg put on 10 stone, making him 27 stone and taking him to the heaviest weight he had ever been.
The TOWIE star was given a huge wake up call after doctors told him that if he caught Covid he would struggle to pull through it.
His mum Patricia tearfully told her obese son that she no longer recognised him after gaining so much weight.
Having the gastric band surgery removed 70% of Arg's stomach to restrict how much he could eat.
He continued: “I enjoy food so to commit to a lifetime operation was a big thing for me.
“I could still have small portions of chocolate and crisps all day long, but I’ve decided to have healthy stuff.
“It’s still down to me about what exactly I put in my mouth.”
For two months after the surgery, he was on a liquid-only diet and his first meal after that was his mum’s chicken curry.
Arg continued: “Sometimes I’d get as hungry as I did before.
“When that happens you eat too quickly. It makes you feel rough and be sick and it’s extremely uncomfortable.”
The star now focuses on healthy choices and starts his day with fresh orange juice, an A-Z multivitamin tablet and either a small bowl of cereal with milk or a crumpet with butter.
He explained: “I don’t usually feel peckish between breakfast and lunch, but if I do or I’ve been exercising and need energy, I have a banana.
“For lunch, I have a chicken or fish salad, or a multigrain soup or a spicy chicken one.
“Dinner can be anything from small portions of my mum’s chilli con carne to some paella or pasta. In terms of snacks, I’ll usually have some nuts or some popcorn.
“I can digest most things but I have to eat food the size of a 20p, chew it for 20 seconds, wait for 20 seconds and do that again so I don’t get sick.”
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