After Aretha Franklin's health scare in 2010, she realized she needed to lose a lot of weight. The before and after pictures show that she lost an astonishing 85 pounds of fat! So, how did Aretha Franklin lose weight? Well, her weight loss success is attributed to hard work and persistence. First, she cut out all unhealthy foods from her diet. Second, every time she was tempted she would take out a picture of the "old Aretha." Well, her hard work paid off because she's looking great in her new body.