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James Argent shares before and after snap as he speaks out his weight loss

James Argent addressed his staggering weight loss as he shared a before and after photo on Instagram on Friday. 

The former TOWIE star, 32, is continuing his recovery after he flew to Thailand earlier this year to go to rehab for his drug and drink addiction.   

Arg posted a picture from his run on Wednesday, alongside a photo of himself at pal Elliott Wright’s son’s christening in April last year.  

Fitness overhaul: Arg pictured on a run on Wednesday

Health kick: James Argent addressed his staggering weight loss as he shared a before (pictured left in July last year)  and after photo (right on Wednesday) on Instagram on Friday

The reality star captioned the post: ‘I’m making progress, Inside & Outside One day at a time’. 

Dozens of the Arg’s celebrity pals applauded him for his efforts, while also encouraging him to stay motivated. 

Best friend Mark Wright’s mum Carol wrote: ‘Keep it up boy x’, while his dad Mark typed: ‘Keep it up James pls x’, which garnered 125 likes. 

Proud: Dozens of the Arg's celebrity pals applauded him for his efforts, while encouraging him to stay motivated

Proud: Dozens of the Arg’s celebrity pals applauded him for his efforts, while encouraging him to stay motivated

Elliott Wright chimed:’Yes Arg! We’re all proud of you, keep it up. We’re all with you.’

Sarah Jane Crawford added: ‘Well done’.  

Earlier this week, Arg posted a throwback snap of his recent rehab stint in Thailand. 

The star reminisced on when he fed and watered elephants and called them his ‘spirit animals’ in the post, which he shared on Instagram on Tuesday. 

Fans commented on the snap telling Arg: ‘recovery suits you’.  

Determined: Arg vowed to lose weight after being told by doctors he needed to lose 10 stone last year (pictured last May)

Determined: Arg vowed to lose weight after being told by doctors he needed to lose 10 stone last year (pictured last May)

James is reportedly getting a helping hand from his supportive longtime friend Mark Wright in adjusting to life after rehab.

According to The Sun, Mark, 33, and his wife Michelle Keegan, 32, have remained in touch with the TOWIE star throughout his challenges, and most recently since he returned to the UK from Thailand.

A source said: ‘Mark was straight on the phone to James to make sure he is OK. They’ve spoken a lot and James knows that Mark is there for him. Michelle will be too. They both think the world of him and want him to get back to his very best.’ 

According to the friend, Arg has struggled somewhat since returning to his native Essex, given the recently mandated nationwide coronavirus lockdown but is ‘looking to the positive and making sure he gets plenty of rest, eats right and does a bit of exercise everyday.’ 

'Spirit animal': Arg posted a throwback snap of his recent rehab stint in Thailand on Tuesday with fans telling him 'recovery suits you'

‘Spirit animal’: Arg posted a throwback snap of his recent rehab stint in Thailand on Tuesday with fans telling him ‘recovery suits you’

MailOnline has contacted representatives for James Argent and Mark Wright for comment. 

The troubled star was taken to hospital for the second time in two months last year after friends and family feared he had attempted a second ‘overdose’.   

Paramedics rushed to his £1.3million home in South Woodford, Essex in December, where they found the star ‘disorientated’ shortly before friends – including Mark – rallied around in a bid to help him get the support he needs. 

Insiders told MailOnline: ‘Mark was at his house for around six hours to support him. This was after Arg had been to hospital and come home again…

Lean on me: James, left, is reportedly getting a helping hand from his supportive longtime friend Mark Wright, right, in adjusting to life after 'rehab'

Lean on me: James, left, is reportedly getting a helping hand from his supportive longtime friend Mark Wright, right, in adjusting to life after ‘rehab’

‘Arg can’t afford rehab but Mark and other close friends and family are clubbing together to put him in a good place so he can overcome this. 

‘He has realised he needs help with his recent addiction issues and with his weight loss battle, so has turned to professionals.

‘Arg is receiving some of the best care in the world and so is in an environment to finally improve his physical and mental state.’

Arg has battled drink and drug addiction since finding fame on TOWIE. In 2014 he was suspended from the show after he failed a routine drugs test.  

James checked into The Priory and returned to the ITV reality show in 2015. 

The TV star spent three months in a facility in Thailand over the festive season in 2016 in a bid to curb his addiction and revealed he checked himself in to a programme in order to get the ‘ongoing support’ he needed.

Determined: The TV star started his fitness journey by taking part in swimming the English Channel in Sink Or Swim for Stand Up To Cancer

Determined: The TV star started his fitness journey by taking part in swimming the English Channel in Sink Or Swim for Stand Up To Cancer

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