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February 29, 2012 9:49 AM
hi all
when i first started using my fitness pal i had said my activity level was sedentary as i'm a stay at home mum and I don't do much exercise apart from the odd walk to a play group a few times a week. however my fitbit says i am lightly active for most of day. should i change my profile or does it now matter much?
February 29, 2012 2:33 PM
What kind of adjustments have you been seeing (for completed days)? If it is nonexistent or small, I probably wouldn't bother. If it is larger like 400+ then you probably should increase your activity level.

You know, I had mine as sedentary, fitbit rates me as active, but I changed mine to lightly active. It didn't change my goal net allowance in my case since my bmr is low enough that deducting 500 calories a day would put it below mfp's minimum of 1200. So when I increased my level, my adjustment shrank and my allowance stayed the same, but I think it is a little more accurate because when I stay within goal my deficit is more correct for my goal (I could actually eat more at the lower level with the large adjustment + exercise calories). I do log a fair amount of exercise most days though. The activity level doesn't have to include your exercise it is your general activity (mfp already has a way to factor in exercise when you log it).
February 29, 2012 10:25 PM
I just keep mine as sedentary, though Fitbit now rates me as "active". My MFP calorie allowance starts off the same low number reach day.

That way, if I'm taking a day off or just not as active for one reason or another, then I don't accidentally go over. Also, there's no pressure on me to exercise on any given day, as long as I keep to my low MFP allowance.

You should do whichever way you stay motivated and stay on track :)
March 1, 2012 6:55 AM
Thanks for your replies. My adjustment is over 999. I think I will adjust my activity level and see if I notice any differences. Thanks
March 4, 2012 12:44 AM
Where can I check where fitbit gives my activity level? I have my MFP set as active, but I still get an 800-900 fitbit adjustment each day.
March 4, 2012 8:31 AM

Where can I check where fitbit gives my activity level? I have my MFP set as active, but I still get an 800-900 fitbit adjustment each day.

The fitbit adjustment is determined solely by your MFP activity level, it is not affected by the settings on Fitbit, MFP just grabs the raw calorie burn estimate from Fitbit. If you want to reduce the Fitbit adjustment, try changing your activity level on here.
March 4, 2012 9:53 AM

Where can I check where fitbit gives my activity level? I have my MFP set as active, but I still get an 800-900 fitbit adjustment each day.

Are you logging exercise or just letting the fitbit track all your activity? If you are just letting fitbit track it, that is fine, just keep in mind your adjustment would be including your exercise. The active setting refers to people who are active (moving around a lot) all day outside exercise (it sounds like you are). Are you still making progress towards your goal?
March 4, 2012 10:47 AM
I don't think FB has a keyable activity level like MFP's profile activity level. FB calculates calorie burn from the actual FB device (and probably some BMR stuff from your height weight etc.) and is "up to the minute". MFP "predicts" your cal burn from BMR and your profile activity setting for the day, so it is predictive into the future (rest of the day).

Kimsied, Abhiforlife......please correct me, if necessary.

I highly recommend what Abhiforlife said. Set MFP to sedentary.....that way it won't predict that you will burn more calories than you will, if you decide to have a "quiet" day of rest. The FB adjustments can be higher, but that is ok since they are based on what HAS happened, instead of a profile prediction of what might happen.
March 4, 2012 6:12 PM
Gadget guy, you are correct, you do not key in an activity level on fitbit like you do here.

I kind of disagree about lowering dizzy's activity level though. If she is set to active and seeing an 800 calorie adjustment, if she changed it to sedentary she would see a much, much larger adjustment. I do agree sedentary is the right place to start for most people, then raise the level if you keep getting substantial adjustments.

There is a problem with a setting more accurate than you are (it will give you a too large allowance), but those people will not be seeing fitbit adjustments. There can be a problem with people with a low bmr using the sedentary setting if they are more active, since the lowest mfp will go is 1200 for a net goal and in some cases this may not allow the right calorie deficit for the person's weight loss goal then any exercise calories (and adjustment!) will be added on top. (When I increased mine from sedentary to lightly active, it actually meant I had a bigger deficit and kept my allowance the same). So sometimes it can take a little adjusting to find the right activity level. The ideal would be to see a modest adjustment every day, if you are logging exercise on fitbit or not logging exercise you probably want a larger fitbit adjustment.

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