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February 1, 2012 8:35 PM
I have read this an that about if you should have your level set to sedentary or lightly active or active.

I need to know what level I should be set at. I am set as "sedentary" on mfp and I have no idea what on fitbit.

Here is my week: Mon-Fri Sit at a desk for 9 hours but do 35-45 sets of stairs (most at lunch, but a few throughout the day), don't do much when I get home except help with homework, do laundry and make dinner then bedtime
weekends: not much! Need to work on that

If I change the settings, what does that do? I do remember reading that if you have it set different on each site your calories might match??

May be a dumb question, but hey, I'm blonde :)
Edited by Manderin1973 On February 1, 2012 8:51 PM
February 1, 2012 8:56 PM
I have mine set as "lightly active" on both sites and come up pretty even every day. If I have a fitbit adjustment it's never more than 150. Given all the stairs you do, I would change MFP to lightly active.
February 2, 2012 10:51 AM
I think it is your personal choice which activity level. You are more likely to see an adjustment if you set it for a lower level than you personally achieve on a less active day (not including exercise). You see an adjustment if your activity (excluding logged workouts) exceeds the calorie burn mfp predicts of someone of your profile and specified activity level. It is safest to start with sedentary or lightly active depending. It doesn't tell you if you burn less than your "activity level" so that is why it is a little safer if you are a bit under. But whatever works for you! I started with sedentary so I didn't have to guess. Everyday I was getting a pretty big adjustment so I raised it to "lightly active" after a couple weeks. Now my adjustments are smaller, but I am still seeing one every day.
February 2, 2012 10:54 AM
Manderin 1973, I think I would start with sedentary for a week or two in your situation as it is hard to guess. I would guess you might be lightly active from what you describe, but the activity levels are meant to be your outside of exercise levels (if you are logging exercise). Changing your settings raises mfp's prediction of how many calories you likely burn in a day. You don't need to specify activity on fitbit as it estimates it from what you do and what you log.

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