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What’s Your Fuel Economy?

One kilogram of body fat contains about 7,700 Calories.

One liter of gasoline contains about 8,325 Calories.

That means that in terms of energy, each 10kg of body fat is the equivalent of about 9.25 liters of gasoline.

The table below shows a comparison of the fuel economy of various cars, bikes and humans – if humans burned gasoline instead of body fat for fuel:

Vehicle Mileage
Ford Fiesta 33 7.13
Volkswagen Golf TDI 34 6.92
Ford Fusion Hybrid 39 6.03
Toyota Prius Hybrid 50 4.70
Honda 125 Varadero 74 3.18
Yamaha TW200 75 3.14
Lifan 200 Sport 84 2.80
Honda Absolute Revo 129 1.82
Jogging at 12km/hr 282 0.83
Running at 16km/hr 294 0.80
Walking at 8km/hr 294 0.80
Walking at 4km/hr 470 0.50
Bicycling, 32.5km/h 597 0.39
Bicycling, 22.5-25.5km/h 706 0.33
Bicycling, 16-19km/h 857 0.27
Bicycling, 16km/h 1,173 0.20

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Fabian Colussi is a women's Bikini and Figure competition coach for natural athletes, certified personal trainer and gym instructor, and women's fitness consultant. He also has a background in martial arts, is an NLP Master Practitioner, and has a certification in Hypnotherapy. Fabian is a co-owner and co-founder of Million Dollar Baby Fitness.

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