- Collen Maine has trended on social media for his looks
- The former ANCYL leader showed off a much slimmer physique
- Maine said he had undergone a medical procedure to reduce his weight
On 29 September, Twitter parody account Man's Not Barry Roux shared a photo of a slimmer looking Collen Maine.
The former ANC Youth League leader had been nicknamed "Oros" because of how he looked. The photo now shows Maine looking much slimmer.
"Has comrade Collen Oros Maine started banting?" the post was captioned.
His weight loss sparked a massive reaction on Twitter, trending for hours on the social media platform.
Now, the former ANCYL leader opened up about his weight loss journey in an interview with YOU.
He revealed that earlier this year, he went for a laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch - a procedure designed to aid weight loss.
Briefly.co.za learned the surgery was done at the Netcare Waterfall City Hospital and Maine sought it out because his health was deteriorating.
According to Mayo clinic, the surgery entails drastically shrinking the stomach by removing 80% of it.
Maine said along with those extra kilos, the surgery helped get rid of medical issues he suffered - including hypertension and high cholesterol levels.
He has been living a healthy lifestyle, cutting back on junk food and booze and following a strict diet.
However, he does indulge in a treat every now and then.
“I get to cheat once in a while,” he admits.
Along with a healthy diet, Maine works out three times a week at a gym.
“I feel healthier, lighter and I can do whatever I want to do now and I’m not getting tired as I used to and not falling asleep easily," he said.
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