TOWIE’s James 'Arg' Argent showed off his slimmed-down look as he began training for his charity swim.

James, 33, looked happy and healthy as he stripped down to go for a swim on Tuesday at Hackney Reservoir in London.

The reality star recently had gastric sleeve surgery after his weight went up to 27 stone.

Since the procedure, he has shed four stone after focusing on his fitness.

James sported bright orange swimming trunks and a neon green swimming cap as he eagerly prepared for his training.

In June, he will participate in two open water challenges, the John West Great North Swim and the John West Great East Swim.

James said: “Swimming is like meditation to me and when I'm in the pool it gives me the chance to clear my mind and focus only on swimming.

“I've got big aspirations to swim across the English Channel, and from Europe to Africa, and I know that the John West Great Swim Series organise two fantastic events in Lake Windermere and Alton Water, that will act as the perfect stepping stones to helping me achieve my dreams.

“I'm really excited to be back in the pool to start my training again and can't wait to take part in both the swim events this June.”

James has been training with former TOWIE co-star Ferne McCann.

He is more determined than ever to lose a stone every month until 2022.

A pal said: “Ferne and James are really good friends. She’s been a huge support to him.

“It’s a lot but he’s determined to do it because he is feeling so much healthier following his operation.”

Revealing the impact the gastric sleeve has had on his life already, he said this week:  "I’m four stone lighter now. It’s a really good start. Four stone out of 11 or 12 might seem like a drop in the ocean but I’m pleased I’ve made progress already.

"I feel so much happier already, I feel healthier already, I’m lighter on my toes, I’m more confident. I’m really loving life at the moment."

Detailing how he felt prior to the surgery, he told Steph’s Packed Lunch: "It felt horrible, I was always extremely uncomfortable, I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror.

"It felt depressing and it just wasn’t me. Now I’m starting to feel like myself again and I’m excited about what the future is going to bring.

“It was scary being 27 stone… It was serious, doctors were telling me how dangerous it was… I knew it was something I had to address pretty quickly."

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