Award-winning actress Jackie Matubia is a happy woman after her successful weight loss journey following non-invasive surgery where an inflatable silicone balloon was inserted into her stomach.
In an update, Matubia while speaking to Mpasho disclosed that she has so far lost about 28 kgs from a starting weight of 105.5 kgs as she had previously noted.
She stated that she is preparing a body reveal video to celebrate the milestone.
"I have lost 28kgs. I am doing a whole reveal video soon and that is why I have been wearing baggy clothes so people can think that I have not lost weight. I have really lost a lot of weight," she said.
Adding that she hopes to maintain her current weight.
"I have heavy bones and I am also thick. I think my preferred weight is 75 but when I was 75kgs, I was really tiny and so I think I will maintain where I am right now."
Matubia opened up about undergoing the procedure in a series of posts on her social media noting she underwent the procedure at a clinic in Nairobi which cost her around Ksh500,000.
In an update in October - a week later - she revealed that she had lost six kilograms in one week from a starting weight of 105.5 to 99.3 kilograms.
"Today want to give you a small story about my weight loss journey. It's barely one week and I have lost almost 6kgs," she wrote.
"It's an amazing feeling because you're losing weight so drastically, but nothing comes easy. Six kgs are something I would have worked out crazy for at the gym. My target weight is 75 and I am very sure I am going to get it by December."
Gastric balloon placement
Laparoscopic gastric balloon placement is a non-surgical weight loss procedure which involves the insertion of a specialized balloon inside the stomach through the mouth using an endoscope.
It is an endoscopic treatment for obesity that together with a balanced diet and physical activity helps lose weight.
An inflatable saline-filled silicone balloon is inserted inside the stomach to occupy space and limit the food-carrying capacity of the stomach. This makes one feel full sooner and limits their intake to smaller portions. The procedure is temporary and the balloon is usually removed after a period of six months.
Gastric balloon placement nonsurgical procedure has been shown to reduce 10 per cent of total body weight.
The balloon is inserted via a pill that is swallowed with a glass of water. It is inflated with gas. The gas may reduce the risk of acute pancreatitis that can occur with saline-filled balloons.
A total of three balloons are inserted. The second balloon is added a month after the first one, and the third is added during the second month.