What is the Energy Efficiency of the Human Body for Weight Loss?

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In summary, the conversation discusses the use of the potential energy law to calculate the number of joules and calories burned while climbing a 22.5m apartment building. The energy efficiency of the body is questioned, with the suggestion to assume it is 100% efficient. However, Google suggests an assumption of 20% efficiency, resulting in one trip up burning about 30 food calories. It is noted that a BigMac is equivalent to 16 trips up, highlighting the importance of proper diet in weight loss.
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so I am going to use the potential energy law e=mgh to lose joules(fat) the problem is that what's the energy effiency of the body i can't find that anywhere. I am climbing a 22.5m apartment building and my weight is 114kgs (im not fat just big boned)
 
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Why not assume it's 100% efficient?

E = 114 * 9.8 * 22.5m = 25,000

1J = 0.24 calories

so 25,000J = 6000 Calories.

The bad news is that "calories" on a packet of food are actually kilocalories.

So one trip to the top burns just 6 food calories

http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk/calories.htm
 
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Google suggest you should assume the body is about 20% efficient so multiply by 5. One trip up is about 30 food calories. Looks like a BigMac is about 490 food calories or 16 trips up.

Edit: Got to laugh. Google has already changed the banner advert I see at the top of the page from one adbertising solar panels to one advertising a weight loss system.
 
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16 trips just for a bigmac?! no wonder everybody is fat.
 
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Climbing stairs is incredibly tedious. You're better off doing something more enjoyable which you will commit to doing for a long period of time, and it's absolutely necessary to eat properly.
 

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