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May 30, 2012 7:26 AM
my fitbit has given me nearly 600 calories extra, saying that I was very active for nearly an hour. The only time I am very active is at the Zumba class. Is there any way of deleting these calories, or should I just ignore it?
May 30, 2012 9:04 AM
Is it possible that is a combination of your general activity level, and the time you wore it at Zumba? If I wear mine during strenuous activity, it will give me extra calories from a combination of that activity and not being completely sedentary
May 30, 2012 12:03 PM
No it's not that, at the time when I was supposed to be very active, I was in the shower and then having breakfast, and the fitbit was by my bedside! I am going to ignore it and hope it doesn't happen again.
May 30, 2012 12:17 PM
Hope there is nothing wrong with it. My husbands first one did that a lot and we had to get a replacement. They were nice about replacing it though.
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May 30, 2012 12:42 PM
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No it's not that, at the time when I was supposed to be very active, I was in the shower and then having breakfast, and the fitbit was by my bedside! I am going to ignore it and hope it doesn't happen again.


Did you manually log any activity? If so, sometimes if the time is typed in wrong or if the am/pm is wrong the manually logged activity will be in the wrong place. If that happens there would be some double counting--your logged activity and the fitbit detected activity. I've had this happen more than a few times, but luckily it should be easy to fix. If you correct the time in the activity log it should be fine.

Another thing, if your time zones are wrong on either mfp or fitbit (and if they don't match each other) that can cause this type of thing too. The calorie overwrite is very much dependent on having the correct time and duration.

Finally, if there is some other movement the fitbit could pick up where it was sitting--vibrations from an appliance, etc it could do this.

I once had it log mysterious activity while it was charging and I was sleeping in another room. I never found out why but it only happened once in two years of use so if it is none of those things. Well, it does happen. I would closely examine the times and duration though, as that is pretty easy to do and easy to fix.
May 30, 2012 12:47 PM
If it is just a weird thing and not a mistaken log... You could log the activity you were actually doing during that time and correct that calorie burn (showering is an option in the fitbit activity database as is eating.) That should correct the calorie burn. It wouldn't correct extra steps though, if it logged extra steps, you could log it as driving to get rid of those, but the calorie burn will be that of driving (probably not much different though).
May 30, 2012 1:53 PM
Yeah, unless you accidentally hit the stopwatch or logged an activity in either Fitbit or MFP... I would probably call their support and have it replaced.

Since you know exactly when the activity was recorded in the activity log, that to me says there is a problem with the device
May 30, 2012 11:54 PM
I'm just going to ignore it and hope it doesn't happen again. Seems fine since, except it said I had climbed 50 flights of stairs when I was in the car! Easily corrected by entering driving as an activity.
May 31, 2012 6:44 AM
Well, just don't forget, FitBit support is AWESOME and if there is a problem with the device itself they will replace it without a hassle :)

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