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April 2, 2012 3:30 PM
I don't always wear my fitbit when I workout. On the days that I don't I log my activity into MFP and it ususally shows up in my VAM and givens me eat back calories in fitbit. Today the activity shows up but is not being counted as VAM or eat back calories. Anyone have a solution.
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April 2, 2012 6:57 PM
It will give you credit for very active minutes (vam--I like that!) if either:
*The calories burned per minute meet a certain threshold. It is different for different people and depends on your profile data, I believe (age, weight, gender). To see very active minutes from calorie burn, I have to burn at least 27 calories per five minutes last I checked. I have heard some male fitbit users say they have to burn 35 or 37 calories per five minutes. The way I figured this out, was I hovered my cursor over some previous days very active minutes (on the chart on the dash where it shows your all day activity in 5 minute clocks) and noted the lowest number I saw over several days with very active minutes. When it dipped below 27, when I burned 25 per five minutes that was the upper end of the "fairly active minutes. (I don't know about 26 for me.) This is true of either fitbit estimated or logged activities.
*With fitbit estimated activities... I would achieve very active minutes by moving at a speed of 4 miles per hour or more. That speed may be different for different people, but seems common from what people post.

The adjustment calories are different. It makes sense the vam would increase your adjustment calories, but you could also see them with a lot of fairly active minutes. The adjustment (eat back) is when your total burn on fitbit is over your base activity level burn on mfp (excluding logged workouts since those are added on top). It is true that if you were to log that workout you would see those exercise calories upfront, and that is fine as long as you also have an adjustment (it doesn't take away calorie if you fall under the goal). To see the number you need to exceed, look on your mfp goals page for 'calories burned from normal non exercise activities".

By the way, it isn't whether you wear it or not during the workout. It is either the calorie burn or the speed that gives you the vam. When you were logging the workout, most likely the calorie burn was at the level to give you those minutes. I guess which I would trust would depend on what the workout was, and what your source for the calorie burn information was before.
Edited by Kimsied On April 2, 2012 6:58 PM
April 3, 2012 11:12 AM
By the way, it isn't whether you wear it or not during the workout. It is either the calorie burn or the speed that gives you the vam. When you were logging the workout, most likely the calorie burn was at the level to give you those minutes. I guess which I would trust would depend on what the workout was, and what your source for the calorie burn information was before.

OOOOHH!!!!!!!


thank you for that insight!
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