Chaka Khan: How She lost Over 60 Pounds & Looks Great at 60


chaka khanBy Staff Blogger

Most people who spend a lot of their life struggling with managing their weight and then finally lose it and keep it off have a story and Chaka Khan is no different. The singing sensation shared her story with Essence magazine. She shares that finding out that she had Type 2 Diabetes was what gave her the big push and motivation to finally take charge of managing her weight in a healthy and sustainable way.

When asked about her decision to lose weight, she said,

“You know, I had diabetes type two and high blood pressure. I adopted my 10-year-old granddaughter last year. I have to be there for her. I knew I couldn’t go out like this so I just fasted for like a month, then I went vegan and went off meats and all dairy and anything with eyes. If I have a craving for a little baked fish or something I might eat it. But that’s about it. I’ve mostly been doing a lot of high-protein foods and a lot of vegetables and exercise.”

Asked about whether or not being a vegan was a big or challenging transition, she shared,

“Well not for me because I go back up and I’m an herbalist, so I’ve been going through this since I was 20, on and off. I felt like I needed to heal my body so I would just fast and eat no meat, no dairy. I’ve never been a fan of meat, dairy and sugar. And when I developed diabetes last year I said, “ Oh okay I’m not going to be here long. A change is coming.” So I started getting my mind set, then I started the fasting. Now it’s just a way of life not for me.’

Asked about her exercise of choice, she was honest, saying that she did not like to exercise but when she did, she chose walking. It’s great to see that at 59 (almost 60) years of age, this singing sensation has a love for life and is inspiring other women to take charge of their health and live happier and healthier lives.



  1. Chaka Khan ;ooks amazing! Wish I could afford to go on a protein diet too. It’s difficult in a 3rd world country where you eat to get full not to get healthy.

  2. Timothy Phillips on

    My name is Timothy Phillips and I have lost 150 pounds in 20 months. Give your body the proper tools and exercise and it will heal itself. I also chose to get myself off of morphine and hydrocodone. both legal prescriptions given by the VA . I have 2 daughters, Legacy and Atlantis Phillips who inspired me to do this.

  3. Arthur Jones on

    I have know and adored Chaka since we were neighbors back in Carson, California. My stepfather was absolutely insane about her, especially that leather Indian outfit she used to wear. Chaka has always been known for her talent, her intelligence and her beauty. When I was living in California, I remember, with great fondness, the huge billboard with a magnificent red couch in the shape of her dynamic and gorgeous lips. This lady has a great deal to teach anyone with the intelligence to listen. I remember how heartbroken she was with Whitney’s death.
    Love you dearly Ms. Chaka and your sister Taka.
    Arthur Jones. * * *(FREEPRESS; Newspaper Your Computer Newspaper. Write us, and we’ll put you on our mailing list. Nothing boring and we tell ONLY the truth. Be blessed.

  4. Chaka let me rock you Chaka that’s all I want to do! Been in love with her since I was a little boy in the 70’s.

  5. Chaka you have always been my favorite. I love all your music. You look delicious. You can “use me” anytime you want. Congrats & blessings to the greatest voice on earth. I love you Chaka

    Long live the Queen!!!

  6. Audrey Phillips on

    Chaka and I go all the way back.
    I have loved her since the 70’s. I have also been battling with my weight and I was told that vegan or vegeterain was the way. This is day 11 for me. I have weighed yet but I feel a lot better. I can do it to. Go girl u look like a million

  7. Dree Williams Layne on

    That is not a nice photo of her on the left, she looked good big and small I totally understand the weight loss she looks good so inspiring for me.

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