From The Grio — Chaka Khan’s weight loss has been stirring up conversation, most notably recently when the legendary singer performed at the American Idol season finale in a revealing bronze catsuit. The slimmer curves sported by the diva, it turns out, are due to an extreme protein diet on which Khan subsisted for four months. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Khan revealed to Access Hollywood:
“I started out fasting … for four months. I did nothing but liquids; me and my VitaMix were best friends.
“In the morning I’d have a high protein smoothie and in the afternoon I’d have a vegetable smoothie and in the evening I’d have another protein smoothie.”
High protein diets are not a new way to lose weight; the most famous one being the Atkins diet, which promotes weight loss through the nearly complete exclusion of carbohydrates from one’s meal plans. One of the reasons they tend to work so well — as is evidenced by Chaka’s fab new figure — is that protein itself seems to curb hunger more than fats or carbs. This allows people to eat less, which is of course the main key to losing weight.