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August 19, 2013 2:08 PM
Hello Fitbit users!

This is Day One of my new Fitbit Flex (and it's giving me fits)! I have just spent a couple of hours reading through the different Fitbit posts and answers and still haven't figured everything out. So far, my MFP calories are showing up on the dashboard at the fitbit website so I'm happy about that. Here are my newbie questions--please help!

1. In many posts, people have mentioned a "stop-watch" or an on and off button. I have the Fitbit Flex and I don't see any such thing. I definitely want to let the Fitbit tell me how I am sleeping at night. Is there something I'm supposed to do when I get ready to go to sleep? (Or if I want to log exercise on my stationary bike)?

2. I have my calorie goal in MFP custom set at 1650 calories. My BMR is 1706 by one online calculator and my TDEE is 2039.
How do I let Fitbit tell me what my daily calories should be set at?

3. Why is fitbit saying on my food diary page that I have earned -197 calories (a negative number) and it has subtracted that 197 calories from the 1650 to make my total calorie allowance of 1,453 for the day?

4. Do I need to uncheck the box in "diary settings" that says "enable negative adjustments"?

5. I've seen various posts that talk about lights on my fitbit flex and I do see a small dark panel on the front but so far, no lights have come on or off.

6. I received what I think is the wireless sync dongle and it's a device that plugs into my ubs port and has a little tail with an opening. Is this how I will charge my fitbit device--plug it into the dongle? If this is the dongle, what is the little bitty ubs port for? It's only about an inch long.

7. I plugged my wireless sync dongle into the USB port but on the website when I tell it to Sync, it tells me that my wireless dongle is unplugged. Should my device sync on it's own without me telling it to sync or do I have to go to the fitbit website to tell it to sync?

8. Am I supposed to remove my fitbit from the bracelet to charge it? How is that done--just by pulling hard? I pulled gently and nothing happened. I don't want to break it.

9. Fitbit premium--is it worth the money to you? What are the benefits?

Thank you in advance for any help anyone can provide!!!!!
  6068688
August 19, 2013 2:31 PM
To Answer your questions:

1. To engage the stop watch or sleep feature, you need to tap the display near the lights until it either vibrates or the lights flash. its a quick couple of taps.

2. Fitbit measures your cals burned based on your activty. You dont set the cals. You set the weight loss goal you want.

3. Fitbit dashboard says you have a negative cal number because you have eaten more than you have burned less your weight loss goal.

4. I have negative adjustments enabled since I since my fitbit all day via my phone. It tells me when I am extra lazy and deducts cals from my total. If I am busy or active, it gives me positive cals.

5. As you work toward your step goals, the lights will turn on. It starts with one light and works its way to 5 lights. If you have no lights then there might be somethign wrong with the display.

6. The dongle (7 inch long cord) is for charging the fitbit. The smaller bit is for syncing the fitbit to the computer.

7. You probably have the charger plugged in and not the syncing device.

8. The fitbit slips in from the back. Its a bit hard to get out but it can come out.

9. I dont use it but I did not see the value. I have been using my fitbit for 4 months and havent used it one time.
Edited by luckydays27 On August 19, 2013 2:33 PM
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August 19, 2013 3:07 PM
QUOTE:

To Answer your questions:

1. To engage the stop watch or sleep feature, you need to tap the display near the lights until it either vibrates or the lights flash. its a quick couple of taps.

2. Fitbit measures your cals burned based on your activty. You dont set the cals. You set the weight loss goal you want.

3. Fitbit dashboard says you have a negative cal number because you have eaten more than you have burned less your weight loss goal.

4. I have negative adjustments enabled since I since my fitbit all day via my phone. It tells me when I am extra lazy and deducts cals from my total. If I am busy or active, it gives me positive cals.

5. As you work toward your step goals, the lights will turn on. It starts with one light and works its way to 5 lights. If you have no lights then there might be somethign wrong with the display.

6. The dongle (7 inch long cord) is for charging the fitbit. The smaller bit is for syncing the fitbit to the computer.

7. You probably have the charger plugged in and not the syncing device.

8. The fitbit slips in from the back. Its a bit hard to get out but it can come out.

9. I dont use it but I did not see the value. I have been using my fitbit for 4 months and havent used it one time.


Thanks, Lucky Days--with your help I figured out some of my issues. Tapping the display near the lights did nothing--no lights--no vibration. So, I figured maybe my Fitbit needs a charge so I plugged it into the dongle and plugged it into the UBS and then I saw my first light. Hopefully, I can start using it again in a couple of hours. How long does yours take to charge?

You said that I don't set the calories--just my rate of loss (i.e. 1 pound a week, etc). What do I put in the calorie part on MFP--zero calories? Or 1 calorie if it must have a real number?

Okay--that makes sense why I have a negative number. I just now calculated and entered my stride length into fitbit so probably because I didn't do that earlier, it thought I was vegging out.
  6068688
August 19, 2013 3:45 PM
I have the One and it takes about 2 hours to fully charge. Or so.

Set MFP to one lb a week weight loss and the two will (at the end of the day) be matched up. They both need to be set with the same goals or the calorie adjustment will be off.

For me, MFP says for me to eat 1340 a day (that is a 500 cal deficit a day). If I am lazy on a particular day or dont work out Fitbit calculates my daily burn 9less 500 cals) to be right around 1340. So maintance days will be around 1800 on lazy days.

I enter my fitness cals on MFP (from my heart rate monitor) and eat those also (or most of them anyway). I work out almost every day so I can eat more than 1340 cals a day.

I rarely look at the fitbit dashboard and basically use MFP all the day. The only time I look at fitbit dashboard when I want to know how many steps i did or how many stairs I climbed.
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