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Old 23-08-2005, 09:35   #1
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Instant Weight Loss

Instant Weight Loss!!!
Wanna lose weight - no effort - no exercise ?
Stand on a mountaintop at the equator.
Gravity increases with distance from the equator. At least part of this variation is attributed to the variation in the centrifugal force, which is a maximum at the equator and zero at the poles.
Gravity decreases with distance from the center of the earth (elevation).
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Old 23-08-2005, 15:56   #2
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There is a spot in the Indian Ocean that is lower by 138 feet due to the lower gravity in the area. Wonder how much we would weigh there.
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Old 23-08-2005, 19:18   #3
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Had me worried here. Some people talking about getting rid of 10 stone of useless fat, are working themselves up for a divorce!
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Old 23-08-2005, 19:27   #4
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Hey Gord, interesting post. But just to clarify one point, you weren't wrong, it's just that it could be read incorrectly. (due to our accents )
The statement "Distance away from the Equator" is in relation to latitude. So you are heavier at the poles than you are at the equator. Standing on a mountain top at the equator makes you lighter because you are effectively spinning faster and are farther away from the cntre of the Earth. Centrifugal force is counteracting the force of gravity, Hence why the Earth is bulged at the Equator and the gravitational pull is strongest as you get closer to the Earths centre.
Also interesting side fact, in the very early years of the Earth, when it was still very hot and spinning much faster than today, the area of the Pacific ocean bulged outward so far, that eventually the "blob" broke free and was spun into space. That blob now orbits the earth as our moon. This fact is one reason why the Moon only ever show's one side to us. The "dark side" of the moon isn't actually dark. It is called, because we on Earth never get to see it.
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Old 24-08-2005, 05:09   #5
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No wonder my wife hits me everytime I tell her we need to sail south. I thought she was just nervous about sailing. I guess I should tell her that it is so I can lose weight.
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So I wonder if it is harder to sail toward the equator, seeing as it is uphill
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Re: Instant Weight Loss

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Instant Weight Loss!!!
Wanna lose weight - no effort - no exercise ?
Stand on a mountaintop at the equator.
Gravity increases with distance from the equator. At least part of this variation is attributed to the variation in the centrifugal force, which is a maximum at the equator and zero at the poles.
Gravity decreases with distance from the center of the earth (elevation).
So, I could lose even more by standing on a mountain at one of the poles? Sounds great!

The real bummer would be coming home and "re-gaining" all the weight. Is this why some people say they always come back heavier from a Caribbean vacation? I thought it was just from the all-you-can-eat buffets at the all-inclusive resorts. LOL
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Re: Instant Weight Loss

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So, I could lose even more by standing on a mountain at one of the poles? Sounds great!

The real bummer would be coming home and "re-gaining" all the weight. Is this why some people say they always come back heavier from a Caribbean vacation? I thought it was just from the all-you-can-eat buffets at the all-inclusive resorts. LOL

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The Earth is roughly an oblate spheroid. The poles are about 13 miles closer to the centre of mass than the equator is.
You would only weight less than at sealevel at the equator if the mountain were over 13 miles high (more than 2.5 times the height of Mt Everest)
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Actually no.


It is not on the Equator, but elsewhere in Sri Lanka / Ceylon, I think.


With some places on the Equator actually a very bad choice.



You can get gravity world map at google images.


https://roar.sgp1.digitaloceanspaces.../2016/09/2.jpg



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