Equalution: Nutrition CEO who lost a staggering 27kg reveals what she eats in a day for weight loss
The Australian CEO behind a multi-million-dollar nutrition company has revealed what she eats in a day for weight loss, after she shed a staggering 27kg by changing up her diet.
Amal Wakim, co-founder of nutrition brand and meal planning service Equalution, said while you might expect her to follow a restrictive eating approach, in fact her days are never short of ‘nutritious and delicious’ meals.
‘No cutting carbs, no restrictions and no starving myself; just a very balanced and enjoyable approach to weight loss,’ Amal said of her approach to her diet.
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BEFORE AND AFTER: The Australian CEO behind a multi-million-dollar nutrition company has revealed what she eats in a day for weight loss, after she shed a staggering 27kg by changing up her diet
Amal Wakim (pictured), co-founder of nutrition brand Equalution, said while you might expect her to follow a restrictive eating approach, in fact her days are never short of ‘nutritious and delicious’ meals
The nutrition CEO typically starts her day by hydrating with some water and greens powder by Body Science.
What Amal Wakim eats in a day for weight loss
FIRST THING: Water with greens powder.
BREAKFAST: Granola, bananas, honey.
LUNCH: Salad of spinach, tomatoes, watermelon, olives, chicken, mozzarella, basil and balsamic glaze.
SNACK: Bowl of strawberries and protein bar.
DINNER: Pasta, mince, tomato sauce, grated cheese, avocado and sour cream.
DESSERT: Chocolate ice cream cone.
This works to stimulate her digestive system and ensures she is primed and ready for the day.
Following this, Amal will typically breakfast on some granola, bananas and honey, before lunch is a simple salad of spinach, tomatoes, watermelon, olives, chicken and mozzarella balls.
She tops her salad with balsamic glaze and fresh basil.
Amal doesn’t deny herself a snack or two through the day, typically enjoying something like a bowl of strawberries and a protein bar, before a dinner of pasta with tomato sauce, mince, avocado, sour cream and grated cheese.
Dessert is a mini ice cream, proving you don’t need to deny yourself sweet treats in a bid to be healthy.
Amal regularly shares the foods she eats while in a calorie deficit with her online followers.
In her previous videos, her meals have included crackers topped with hummus, rocket, tomato, avocado, shredded chicken and siracha sauce as well as nachos and high protein spaghetti Bolognese.
The nutrition CEO typically starts her day by hydrating with some water and greens powder by Body Science, before breakfasting on banana and granola and eating a hearty salad for lunch
Amal and her best friend Jade Spooner co-founded Equalution after they shed a combined weight of nearly 50 kilos between them by counting their macros rather than following strict diets or unrealistic workout plans.
The women credit ‘flexible dieting’, where they eat 80 per cent wholefoods and 20 per cent ‘anything they want’, within reason.
The pair decided to quit their corporate speciality IT jobs at Google to pursue the science-based brand in 2015, teaching dieters how to ‘have their cake and eat it too’.
Fast forward six years, the young business partners have since been making waves in the retail and ecommerce industry after they were named on the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Pacific list.
But their road to success was far from easy.
The idea to launch Amal and Jade’s own nutritional brand sprung to mind after they transformed their bodies through the 80/20 approach (Amal pictured)
What is flexible dieting?
Flexible dieting is a not a diet – but an approach to nutrition.
It involves macro-nutrients of protein, carbohydrates and fat.
People can eat 80 per cent of lean meats, fruits, vegetables and wholegrains, while allowing for reasonable indulgence in the remaining 20 per cent.
‘When we started in 2015, we worked between a shopping mall piggybacking off the free WiFi at a friend’s cafe and then we would do all our after-hour work together from Amal’s mum’s house,’ Jade told Daily Mail Australia.
‘The early stages of running our business were crazy, sometimes we pulled all-nighters just to get the work done as we were highly understaffed. On average we were working about 16 hours a day.
‘My first week of pay was $240. Honestly, I remember thinking what on earth have we done.’
Instead of spending their earnings on a new wardrobe, the pair would wear the same outfits they already owned for work every day for the next two years.
‘We definitely maintained a lower threshold of spending to begin with, we had simple lives which was fortunate because when you first start a business you can’t really afford to be more than basic,’ Jade explained.
The idea to launch their own nutritional brand sprung to mind after they transformed their bodies through the 80/20 approach.
‘We were fitness models dieting extremely restrictively before becoming educated on the science of nutrition. We achieved the best results all the while making friends with food after following a balanced and sustainable diet,’ she said.
‘We then made it our life mission to preach a science-based tailored nutrition method to the world, facilitating a change in how people thought of food and achieve results.’
Amal Wakim said her weight started to pile on from eating large portions of unhealthy foods such as takeaway meals, burgers, fries, and pizzas, before she swapped junk for health (pictured now)
For the first two years, the friends made sacrifices to their lifestyle just to get their brand off the ground – and every cent they made was invested into their business.
‘We started getting paid pretty much the first quarter. To do so we had to just keep our expenses and overheads significantly low and focused on crawling before we walked,’ Jade said.
As their business started to take off, the pair moved in together and created an office in the foyer of their home.
By 2019, they got their first office space. During the same year, they launched an Equalution App so clients could track their nutrients.
With determination and perseverance, the friends noticed a ‘significant growth’ in their third year. And their fast growing business has been booming ever since.
‘In the last two years we’ve seen a 987 per cent growth in revenue. Last year we saw a 517 per cent growth in revenue,’ Jade said.
Equalution offers clients customised meal plans to help them achieve their dream body, while enjoying the foods they love.
The program involves meeting daily targets of macronutrients – protein, carbohydrates and fat – that have been calculated based on the dieter’s age, gender, activity level and medical conditions.
‘Our nutrition philosophy reflects how the body recognises food – not as good or bad – but instead for it’s macronutrient intake,’ Jade said.
In 2020, Equalution ranked No. 14 out of 50 companies for revenue growth over three years on Deloitte Technology Fast 50 growing companies in Australia.
The multi-millionaires earned a place on the coveted Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia-Pacific list, which covers Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the Oceania.
How Jade and Amal lost weight
Before: 78 kilos – size 12; After: 58 kilos – size 8
Jade Spooner became fixated with clean eating – but she struggled for years with her portion control.
‘I gained a lot of my weight from clean eating. The issue I had was eating double the amount of nutrient dense foods but with no calorie control,’ Jade told Daily Mail Australia.
‘What a lot of people don’t realise about clean eating is a lot of the staples are high in calories. My staples included avocado, nuts, coconut oil and salmon.’
Before and after: Jade Spooner (pictured) tipped the scales at 78 kilos after her weight spiralled from struggling with portion control
Jade said she restricted herself from the foods she loved during the week, and would find herself as a ‘loose cannon’ on the weekends.
Weighing 78 kilos at her heaviest, she ‘experienced a lack of self-confidence’.
‘I was just so disappointed I got to that size. I remember seeing 78 kilos [on the scale] and I just couldn’t believe what I saw,’ she said.
Determined to lose weight once and for all, she started educating herself on the science behind nutrition.
‘I practiced flexible dieting which for me was an entire body and mindset transformation, healing a lifelong poor relationship with food,’ Jade said.
Jade went from a size 12 to eight after shedding 20 kilos.
Before: 75 kilos – size 14; After: 48 kilos – size 6
Amal Wakim said her weight started to pile on from eating large portions of unhealthy foods such as takeaway meals, burgers, fries, and pizzas.
‘Being from a Lebanese family we generally eat huge portions and a lot of calorie dense foods cooked in oil,’ Amal told Daily Mail Australia.
‘So not only was my diet poor but my portions were much larger than the recommended serving size.’
Before and after: Amal Wakim said her weight started to pile on from eating large portions of unhealthy foods such as takeaway meals, burgers, fries, and pizzas. She went from a size 14 to six after she tweaked her diet
At her heaviest, Amal said her weight took a huge toll on her life.
‘I felt really unhealthy and unhappy,’ she said.
‘Being heavier at school, I experienced a lot of insensitive comments from others due to my weight and I did get bullied a lot which in the end became all the more motivating to make the change and do something about it,’ she said.
Her turning point came after a doctor urged her to lose weight because she was showing signs of insulin resistance – a resistance to the hormone insulin, resulting in increasing blood sugar.
‘For me I remember my GP provided me a simple solution of losing weight given it was the root cause of insulin resistance,’ she said.
She went from a size 14 to six after dropping 27 kilos.