James ‘Arg’ Argent went from skinny to big during The Only Way is Essex series 22.

The TOWIE star opened the series looking thin and trim yet ended the series wearing girlfriend Gemma Collins’s tracksuit.

Apparently, they’re “both the same size”.

Here’s how Arg’s character grew across the 10-episode series, developing into a more well-rounded and rather chunkier version of himself.

Screen Shot: ARG & BOBBY row over Gemma Collins photoshop incident - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 7

The Only Way is Essex Arg’s weight gain

1. A Healthy Glow

With a spring in his step and a healthy glow in his cheeks, Arg looked youthful and vibrant as series 22 kicked off.

Here he is smiling gleefully, despite being minutes away from confirming a joint bank account with Gemma Collins.

Screen Shot: Arg put on weight - The Only Way is Essex, series 22, episode 1

Screen Shot: TOWIE Arg weight – The Only Way is Essex, series 22, episode 1

2. Arg in the Gym!

Sporting a slim-fitting tracksuit, Arg was even spotted in the gym with Dan Edgar during episode one.

Is this guy a fitness freak now?

Screen Shot: Arg put on weight - The Only Way is Essex, series 22, episode 1

Screen Shot: Arg put on weight – The Only Way is Essex, series 22, episode 1

3. Covering Up

Come episode three, however, Arg had started to cover up.

Was it the icy autumn wind or was Arg trying to disguise extra paddings of winter warmth?

Screen Shot: ARG in his tracksuit - TOWIE, series 22, episode 7

Screen Shot: Arg covers up – TOWIE, series 22, episode 7

4. The Mexican Creeping in

As Arg surprised Gemma by hiring a Mexican band and asking her to be his ‘official’ girlfriend, we suddenly witnessed his new body composition.

From episode one to episode four, Arg’s clothes were looking a lot tighter.

Damn those enchiladas…

Screen Shot: ARG - TOWIE, ITVbe

Screen Shot: Arg – TOWIE, ITVbe

5. Chains Hide Nothing

Despite trying to divert attention to his cheap bling, it was clear that Arg looked totally different from episode one.

Even the hideous gold chain wasn’t enough to distract fans on social media…

Screen Shot: ARG - TOWIE, ITVbe

Screen Shot: ARG – TOWIE, ITVbe

Screen Shot: ARG and his gold chain - TOWIE, ITVbe

Screen Shot: Arg and his gold chain – TOWIE, ITVbe

6. Sharing a Tracksuit

Confirmation that Arg had completed his body transformation came in episode six when he met up with the rest of the Essex lads wearing ‘The GC’s’ tracksuit.

Claiming they were both the same size, Arg now looked like an oversized Tinky Winky…

Screen Shot: ARG in his tracksuit - TOWIE, series 22, episode 7

Screen Shot: Arg in his tracksuit – TOWIE, series 22, episode 7

Screen Shot: ARG in his tracksuit - TOWIE, series 22, episode 7

Screen Shot: Arg in his tracksuit – TOWIE, series 22, episode 7

7. The Final Product

As Arg bobbed into the room to spark an argument with Chloe Sims in episode 7, it was evident that even his walk had changed due to the weight gain.

This ballooned version of Arg is not the man we saw in episode one, but either way, it seems like he is loving life!

Screen Shot: Arg put on weight - The Only Way is Essex, series 22, episode 1

Screen Shot: Arg put on weight – The Only Way is Essex, series 22, episode 1

Why isn’t Arg in Series 23?

Arg pulled out of filming for series 23 because he went into rehab. This is the third time in his career.

In 2014, the 30-year-old entered a rehab facility after he was suspended from The Only Way is Essex for wild partying.

Three years later, in 2017, he entered another facility in Thailand to help overcome a “cycle of depression”.

Arg then checked himself into another rehab facility following a difficult summer, which included filming for the Gemma Collins Diva Espana series in Marbella.

Arg told OK! Online: It’s not been an easy time but I’m happy to be back in a programme that gives me the ongoing support that I need.

DISCLAIMER: No feelings were hurt during the production of this article. All actors involved gave consent to feature on a reality TV show where their lives would be under the media spotlight and delicate care was taken to avoid the use of demeaning terminology such as ‘fat’. Apart from there, where we just said fat.

 

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