Chaka Khan: A vegan diet helped me lose 60 lbs and get off diabetes drugs
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November 30, 2012
“I had Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, so I went on a radical change of lifestyle.”
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Singer Chaka Khan, who recently lost 60 pounds on a vegan diet, credits the plant-based eating plan with helping her get off her diabetes medication.
Khan, 59, says the lethal combination of excess weight, diabetes and high blood pressure motivated her to dramatically overhaul her diet.
“I had Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, so I went on a radical change of lifestyle,” Chaka told the Detroit News.
Khan kick-started her stunning slim-down in 2011 by following a liquid diet for several months. The rapid weight loss and accompanying changes she saw in her health motivated her to cut dairy, meat and other animal products out of her diet.
“I was on liquids for a year, and that gave me a good jump-start,” recalls the 10-time Grammy winner. “It sort of changed my whole way of thinking. You have to get the mindset first.”
Khan was especially inspired to get in shape because she wants to be around to care for her adopted granddaughter. Chaka was awarded permanent custody of her 11-year-old granddaughter in December 2011 after a Los Angeles judge ruled the child’s drug-addicted parents (including Chaka’s son) were unable to properly care for her.
Now fitter and healthier than she has been in decades, Khan is ready to take on the world again and hopefully release a new album and go on tour in 2013.
Even though she’s thinner now, Khan insists she was always sexy, even when she was heavy. “I’ve always been a sex symbol,” she said. “When I was fat I was a sex symbol.
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