Thursday, August 2, 2007

40 Pounds

40 pounds is the average weight of a 4-year old boy.

How Much Fuel Is That?

To lose that amount of fat would mean to burn 140,000 calories or 585,760 KiloJoules! That is the equivalent of 4.53 gallons of gasoline. Humans, however, are far more efficient than cars, getting about 912 "miles to the gallon". If you could dump this many calories into the tank of a Honda Civic, you would be able to drive it about 154 miles before running out of gas!

Let's see how your goal would convert to other forms of fuel. 140,000 calories is equivalent to:

  • 4.53 gallons of gasoline, or
  • 50.04 pounds of coal, or
  • 69.44 pounds of oven-dried wood, or
  • 6.13 gallons of propane

This amount of energy would ...

  • Brew about 391 pots of coffee, or
  • Light a 60-watt light bulb for 2,712 hours ( 113 days = 0.33 years)

Cutting 140,000 calories is the same as saying "no" to:

  • 1,750 apples, or
  • 1,400 bananas, or
  • 8,235 cups of cabbage (whew!), or
  • 966 baked potatoes, or
  • 1,750 large eggs, or
  • 1,167 cups of 2% milk, or
  • 101 pounds of ground beef, or
  • 1,609 glasses of wine, or
  • 433 Snickers bars, or
  • 583 Clif Bars ( 778 Luna Bars), or
  • 1,007 cans of Coke, or
  • 824 pints of Guinness beer, or
  • 285 Big Macs, or
  • 272 Quarter Pounders with Cheese, or
  • 200 Whoppers, or
  • 424 Subway 6" Oven Roasted Chicken Breast sandwiches, or
  • 824 Taco Bell crunchy tacos, or
  • 596 slices of pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut

What it Takes to Burn 140,000 Calories

To burn 140,000 calories, a 190 pound male would have to:

  • Backpack for 232 hours (10 days) nonstop, or
  • Walk for 536 hours (22 days) at 3 mph straight, or
  • Walk 1,609 miles (1,006 kilometers), or
  • Bike for 406 hours (17 days) at 10 mph, or
  • Bike 4,058 miles (2,536 kilometers), or
  • Play basketball nonstop for 223 hours 9 days), or
  • Play billiards for 648 hours (27 days), or
  • Go bowling for 541 hours (23 days), or
  • Stay on the golf course for 406 hours (17 days), or
  • Spend 180 hours (8 days) playing competitive football, or
  • Jump rope for 171 hours (7 days) straight!

You would have to walk the length of England about 2.73 times to burn 140,000 calories.

How many pounds have you lost and what does it really mean? Check here!


Tammy said...

Interesting. Thanks for posting!

Brian, Jami, Paige, and Austin said...

Kristina, you are looking great! I like your new picture. I also like your goals that you wrote down a little while ago. I need to work on some of those same ones!! Love you!

Selena said...

OMG! I had no idea. I am totally amazed. Where did you get all of that information? CONGRALATIONS !!!!! I am so proud of you.

annrichey said...

Keep it up, Kristina. We love you. (That is a lot of information and comparisons!)

Demara said...

WOW! I was going to say: did you do all those calculations yourself, and how? But then I saw the link and went there to see what it would say about my 20 pound loss in 6.5 weeks! (I have 80 more pounds to go!)

Thanks for the info! And it was fun hearing about someone else on the weight loss journey.

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