TOWIE's Arg on Sugar Free Farm: "At times I felt exhausted and irritable"

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TOWIE star James 'Arg' Argent found himself in very different surroundings while filming for new ITV factual series, Sugar Free Farm.

Arg, who is known for starring on the Essex-based ITVBe reality show, joined five other well-known faces for a dietary experiment on a farm, tasked with living without sugar for two weeks.

Kept on the wagon by nutritionist Angelique Panagos, Sugar Free Farm sees Arg, dancer and former Brookside actress Jennifer Ellison, musical theatre star Jane McDonald, former Coronation Street actress Tupele Dorgu, comedian Rory McGrath, and quiz mastermind and The Chase star Mark Labbett live and work on a country farm in return for their share of healthy, wholesome food.

Here's what Arg had to say about his experience on the show:

ITV's Sugar Free Farm: James 'Arg' Argent.
26 January 2016.

© ITV / Libertybell

Why did you want to take part in Sugar Free Farm?

"Well really from a health perspective, as I've always gone up and down with my weight, yoyo dieted, so the thought of conquering that was appealing. Also I wanted to gain some more knowledge and experience as to the right things to eat, what things I needed to be cutting out and how I could change my life."

Did you eat a lot of sugar before taking part in the series?

"Yes, I was consuming a fair amount of sugar, in chocolates, chewy sweets, fizzy drinks, milkshakes, ice cream. It was just no good."

How did you find the experience of living on the farm?

"I loved the experience, but there were times when I found it hard, being away from home, living with people I'd never met before, that could be quite tough at times. I also found the working hours quite hard and just how tough the work was living on a farm. I've got to take my hat off to farmers and show them huge respect. And doing all that work with no sugar in our body. There were times when I felt exhausted and irritable, and my moods would change. It was quite full on, but what an experience."

ITV's Sugar Free Farm. (L-R): Mark Labbett, Jennifer Ellison, Tupele Dorgu, Jane McDonald, Rory McGrath and James 'Arg' Argent.
26 January 2016.

© ITV / Libertybell

Any standout moments for you?

"I did have a bit of a incident with some milk, in that unfortunately I spilt rather a lot of it. I don't think one of the farmers was too impressed with me. It was quite a substantial amount! That was a case of me being up at the crack of dawn and exhausted. I'm not used to being up at that time. So unfortunately things didn't quite go to plan."

How did you find the food that you ate on the farm?

"It did surprise me that some of the sugar-free meals were actually quite nice. I thought beforehand that I wouldn't be able to eat any of it but I was surprised. The breakfasts were good, and I loved the chicken nuggets and sweet potato fries.There were actually plenty of things that I didn't mind eating. There were some things that I found horrific though, like the sugar-free carrot cake. I think there are some things that for me just don't work. Sometimes doing sugar-free options just doesn't work."

What did you learn about sugar through making the series?

"I learnt a heck of a lot, about what sugar can do to you, the health effects, its effects on your weight. I learnt about the sugar-free options you can have as a substitute, and I had a great experience finding out what it's like to live on a farm. It was really just a great experience all round and I'm really glad Idid it. I learnt a lot, met some cool people. I've now got the knowledge to know how to limit the sugar in my diet, so there are no excuses. But it's not just about the knowledge, it's about having the right mind-set to do it. I can also now give people advice and the right tips if they want to lose weight."

Sugar Free Farm - 26 January at 8pm on ITV.

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