There’s no doubt that Chaka Khan is one of music’s greats. But while she’s touched generations with her iconic voice over the past 40 years, more recently the 60-year-old singer has inspired women everywhere after losing 60 pounds thanks to a complete lifestyle change.
Crediting a strict vegan diet for her new, slimmer frame, Ms. Khan had redefined what it means to be 50-plus and fabulous, and proves that it's never too get your old body back. The music world and fans alike are still mesmerized by her new look - one that’s attainable, if you have the will power.
Vegan experts encourage first-time or potential vegans to be open-minded and reasonable about the diet, as it is a serious and life-changing decision. You have to be strong when taking on a vegan diet, which includes no meat and no dairy and includes a diet comprised of natural and organic-based products.
Khan says health issues like Type 2 diabetes and high-blood pressure were contributing factors to why she began to take her health more seriously or, as she describes, a “radical change of lifestyle.”
"What I did was stopped eating and went on a strict unconditional liquid fast for a couple of months," the 10-time Grammy winner said in an interview back in 2011. "And went off meat, became vegan, stopped all the dairy, stopped all the meat. It sort of changed my whole way of thinking. You have to get the mindset first." The singer admits she isn’t the biggest fan of working out, but rather chooses to have an “active lifestyle.”
Still, Khan has gone on record for insisting that no matter her size, she’s always been sexy. "I’ve always been a sex symbol," she said. "When I was fat I was still a sex symbol.”
That she is.
"BEING: Chaka Khan" premieres Saturday, March 22 at 9 p.m. EST, only on Centric.