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July 20, 2012 6:24 PM
I just got my fitbit today and I just put it on and already said 118 steps taken. I walked to the kitchen (10 steps) and it said 220 steps taken & 1,310 calories lost. Anyone know why it's doing this? I hope I don't have to return it. :(
July 20, 2012 6:34 PM
mine was weird on the first day already saying 600 calories when I turned it on...it seemed to correct itself second day.
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July 20, 2012 7:06 PM
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mine was weird on the first day already saying 600 calories when I turned it on...it seemed to correct itself second day.


Mine did too....today is day 3 and it is much more accurate.
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July 22, 2012 11:09 AM
FitBit counts calories being burned over a 24 hours period. As you burn calories just be sleeping or by sitting still, it counts those so if you get up at 8am then you've had 8 hours of your body using some calories to keep you alive.

julparada have you measured your stride length so it's calculating your steps correctly? I take incredibly short steps as I have short calf muscles. I'm doing specific stretches to help and so will need to readjust my stride length as (hopefully) I start being able to take longer strides.
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July 22, 2012 11:46 AM
It is hard to say with the first day. The calorie burn s mainly a portion of your bmr + something like 20% (if calorie estimation in your fitbit settings is on, which it generally is as it is default unless you changed it to off). (FYI, calorie estimation basically gives you a light activity calorie burn for times when your fitbit does not move at all. The intention is to give fitbit users a calorie allowance on days they don't wear their fitbit i.e. if they forgot it or left it at home while rafting or a day at a water park or something.) The steps might be from your fitbit moving around before you used it in the box or whatever. But in this case there is little correlation to steps and calorie burn as most of the calorie burn is your bmr.

You will see similar when you wake up in the morning. There will be a calorie burn on your fitbit with very few steps covering the time from 12am to when you looked. It is mainly a portion of your bmr and if you were wearing the fitbit whatever activity in the night (probably not much, but if you toss a lot or get up to use the restroom or are otherwise active after bedtime there may be some activity added.) Depending on your age, gender, size and how much you move around it is not uncommon to see a few hundred calories in the morning. I think I usually see about 400 and something. Also if you go to bed after 12am it may be higher. Just giving you a heads up. :-)

When you test steps, I'd use a bigger number than 10. I would use about 100 and give it a minute or so where you take no steps to catching up as sometimes if the steps are fast enough it will take it a little while to get them all. Mine is pretty accurate, though it does miss some in one of my dance classes where the posture is very bended knees and the steps are meant to be soft and gliding so it can miss very soft, fluid steps depending where you wear the fitbit. I find it misses more when I hold it in my hand to check the step count (I tried that so I could see it easier), and picks up the most worn either securely on my hip or somewhere on my bra cup. Wearing it on the wrist outside sleep will probably give a strange step count since it isn't intended for wrist wear other than while sleeping (and that causes a few false steps while sleeping, but usually that is fine as it isn't enough to really add to calorie burn but it can).
July 22, 2012 11:53 AM
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FitBit counts calories being burned over a 24 hours period. As you burn calories just be sleeping or by sitting still, it counts those so if you get up at 8am then you've had 8 hours of your body using some calories to keep you alive.

julparada have you measured your stride length so it's calculating your steps correctly? I take incredibly short steps as I have short calf muscles. I'm doing specific stretches to help and so will need to readjust my stride length as (hopefully) I start being able to take longer strides.


Good point! Checking, and if necessary tessting and calibrating stride lengths will make it more accurate for distance figures and possibly calorie burn and activity score. It shouldn't really effect step count though. But it is still a good practice to check on this. So when you are walking or running a distance that you already know or is measured, use the fitbit stopwatch to make an activity record. The activity record will show you all kinds of fitbit tracked stats for the activity including distance covered, and calorie burn. To make the record, hold down the button until a stopwatch starts counting down, also it will blink. Do the activity. Then when finished hold down the button until it stops counting down. You can check the various stats while it is counting down with quick button presses, each press will cycle though steps, floors (hills and other inclines count), distance, and calorie burn for that activity so far. Just don't hold the button down long enough to stop the timer. When your fitbit device syncs to your account, there will be a record in your fitbit activity log with all the information. If the distance is much different than it should be, then you probably need to alter the default stride lengths. That is a whole different topic so I will stop, but there are some threads in this group that discus this in detail.

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