He recently returned from a 10-week stint in rehab in Thailand, where he went to concentrate on bettering his mind and body.
And TOWIE original James ‘Arg’ Argent looked slimmer than ever as he posted a snap with his old friend Joey Essex – causing a flurry of comments from fans who were staggered by his impressive weight loss.
The 29-year-old sported a Nike T-shirt, which hung off his noticeably slender frame.
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Thin as a pin! James ‘Arg’ Argent looked slimmer than ever as he posted a snap with his old friend Joey Essex, and sported a Nike T-shirt that hung off his noticeably slender frame
He’s come so far: Arg has struggled with his weight in the past, but he’s looking healthier and happier than ever before
Fans were quick to praise Arg’s amazing results. Nick_baker1986 commented: ‘f***ing hell you look like you’ve been through a bread slicer your so thin. Well done mate’ (sic)
Louisegodwin86 wrote: ‘You look so much younger and healthier amazing keep it up’ (sic)
Angelaswatson wrote: ‘Look at you now you are half the size you were… you should be proud of yourself arg!’
Looking good: Arg has won praise from fans congratulating him on his impressive weight loss
Arg has received many congratulatory statuses from his friends, who have welcomed him home with open arms.
He quipped that he did not know ‘what he had done to deserve a kiss’ from inked hunk Pete, 28, also spent time catching up with Jon Clark and Tommy Mallet on Saturday.
Arg took to social media to thank his pals for all the support as he touched down in Essex, sporting a slimmer, healthier look after spending the time abroad getting professional help with his fluctuating weight and wild lifestyle.
Loving pal: TOWIE star James ‘Arg’ Argent, 29, was welcomed home with open arms – and an actual kiss – by his reality show co-stars after a ten week stint in rehab in Thailand on Saturday
The reality star posted snap of himself looking coiffed and tanned and grinning from ear to ear while Megan McKenna’s ex Pete Wicks puckered up.
The inked hunk, who was dressed down in a denim jacket and T-shirt, looked genuinely thrilled to have his buddy home.
Wearing his hair loose and out of its man bun, ‘The Pirate’ Pete planted a kiss on his friend’s cheek.
Arg captioned the shot with a jokey line, writing: ‘A @towie bump in at its best haha… Great to see The Pirate himself @p_wicks01 What did I do to deserve a kiss!? Lol #essex’
BFFs: Arg captioned a photo with Jon with the grateful comment: ‘@jbclark_ got me out of bed when I was fast asleep last night but as if I’d turn down a good goss & catch up lol!’
It is not the first time the star’s long-term friends have welcomed him home.
This is Arg’s second stint in rehab; he checked into the Priory in early 2015 after testing positive for cocaine and being suspended from TOWIE.
He allegedly fell off the wagon last year, resulting in his relationship with long-term love Lydia Bright coming to an end.
Home safe and sound: The future looked bright for Arg as he spent time catching up with Jon Clark and took flattering selfies with Tommy Mallet
But everything looked bright as Arg spent time catching up with Jon Clark and took flattering selfies with Tommy Mallet.
Arg captioned a photo with Jon with the grateful comment: ‘@jbclark_ got me out of bed when I was fast asleep last night but as if I’d turn down a good goss & catch up lol! Overwhelmed at how many Visitors/Calls/messages I’ve had as well as love & support from you guys! #meanseverything #thankyou’
He then added: ‘FRIENDS REUNITED!!! So nice to catch up with #manlike @tommy_mallet God damn I’ve missed him! X’
Fit and healthy: A recuperative ten week stay in Thailand has clearly had the desired effect on James ‘Arg’ Argent, whose slimmer physique has already won an enthusiastic response from fans
Then and now: Argent’s fluctuating weight was well in evidence during a trip to Spain in 2014 (L), but he looked comparatively slimmer while visiting a Thai water park in April (R)
And the reality star’s slimmer physique has already won an enthusiastic response from his legions of fans.
For although Arg did not go all out on the health kick – the star shared photos of himself sampling local delicacies during his time in Thailand – he is sporting a notably more svelte figure.
In fact, the reality king shared so many selfies – several topless or with skin-tight shirts – that his co-stars jokingly poked fun at his camera-toting ways.
Balanced attitude: Although Arg did not go all out on the health kick – the star shared photos of himself sampling local delicacies during his time in Thailand – he is sporting a notably more svelte figure
One such shot, in which his soaked T-shirt clings to his body following a jungle hike undertaken in sweltering conditions, perfectly illustrates his healthy new lifestyle.
‘My favourite excursion so far. I went on a jungle trek, climbing up & down waterfalls! A day I will never forget…’ he raved in an accompanying caption.
A video pays testament to Argent’s outdoor endeavours, with the reality star filmed while clambering up a waterfall.
Step by step: The TV personality has also shared images of himself clambering up a waterfall in his quest to get fitter and stronger
In another the affable star looks even slimmer as he lets his hair down at a local waterpark, writing: ‘I don’t quite know the though process behind this pic but I’m clearly enjoying myself lol!’
Elsewhere he looks tanned and trim as he took a break during a visit to mountainous Thai city Chiang Mai.
Reflecting on his quest to shape up, a seemingly philosophical Argent captioned the snap: ‘It’s easy to get carried away with Goals, Achievements and dreams… I know I’m gonna kill it but I have to take each day as it comes!’
Welcome to the gun show! Another shot finds him on the river while engaged in a canoeing excursion, but while the TV personality’s liking of the snap had nothing to do with his oarsmanship
James ‘Arg’ Argent shocks fans with staggering weight loss