March 1st, 2011
02:32 PM ET
Aretha Franklin has dropped 25 pounds since undergoing surgery in December, and now the music legend is revealing how she managed to drop three dress sizes.
"I go to the healthier foods that are less chemically treated," the Queen of Soul tells Jet magazine. "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 has been eating more vegetables, including the "Aretha Salad" — radishes, tomatoes, red onions, olives, carrots, shredded cheese, ranch dressing and lemon — but she still indulges from time to time.
"I used to have hamburgers coming and going, especially when I was on the road," she says. "Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum."
The superstar, who works out with a personal trainer and walks on a treadmill three to four times a week, is aiming to whittle herself down to a size 16 by her 69th birthday on March 25.
"It's a new chapter in my life," says Franklin, who feels "sassier" as she peels off the pounds. "It's a brand new me. I am still the same but with some changes."
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