Gospel legend Aretha Franklin, who has denied rumors she’s fighting pancreatic cancer, has lost 85 pounds recently and couldn’t be happier.
Aretha, who underwent a mystery surgery in December 2010, has radically overhauled her diet and lifestyle as part of her slimdown. The accompanying 85-pound weight loss has led to diet and workout changes.
“I go to the healthier foods that are less chemically treated,” Aretha told Jet. “I used to have hamburgers coming and going, especially when I was on the road. I am now opting for salads and healthier lunches.”
Franklin also walks on the treadmill or on on the track at a gym for 30 minutes 3-4 times a week. “If I can work in that fourth day, I’ll do it,” she says. “[My doctors and my trainer] want me to build up my stamina and strength so that I am ready for my concert tour in the spring.”
Had Colonoscopy In 2010
While Aretha denies she’s suffering from pancreatic cancer, she underwent a colonoscopy in 2010 after feeling a “a hard pain” in her side during a concert in Toronto.
“I had a colonoscopy and it showed nothing was wrong,” she recounts. “I associated the pain in my side with the colonoscopy that I had within a day or two before. I got up at 2 o’clock in the morning and called the doctor who did the colonoscopy and told him what was happening.
“He said, ‘Miss Franklin, whatever it is, it is not from the colonoscopy. You need to come home and have a CAT-scan.’ Thank God he said that because that unfolded everything, what the problem was and everything.”
While Franklin’s dramatic weight loss has spurred speculation that the mystery surgery she went was a gastric bypass, the Grammy winner remains mum about her health.
For now, Aretha, who has been morbidly overweight for years, is determined to embrace a healthy, active lifestyle. “Occasionally I will still have that quarter-pounder [hamburger] because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum,” she says.
I am drinking lots of water to get rid of the toxins in my body. It’s a natural flushing.
Water flushes your system and is also very good for your skin.”
Franklin, who canceled a series of concerts last year due to health issues, can’t wait to perform again. “It’s a new chapter in my life,” she gushes. “It’s a brand-new me. I am still the same but with some changes.”
Aretha has won 18 Grammy Awards. You can hear her best tracks on her 30 Greatest Hits album.