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July 21, 2012 1:48 PM
Or do you go by the scooby calculator or fat2fit radio, etc? Just wondering how YOU determine your TDEE?
July 21, 2012 9:00 PM
i wanna know too. This is the same issue I am having....I was trying to up my cals to the scooby number but fit bit says to eat less...I don't know which to follow!
July 21, 2012 9:21 PM
I'm eating my Fitbit averages. I don't have time for cherry-picking my activity modifiers. My Fitbit is on my body pretty much 24/7, I trust it over some calculator spitting out estimates. Yeah Fitbit uses an estimate, too, but like I said, it gauges when I'm sitting on my butt vs moving around and is more honest with that data than I myself am, lol.
Edited by DaysFlyBy On July 21, 2012 9:22 PM
July 23, 2012 6:58 PM
Bumping for more answers !
July 23, 2012 7:07 PM
There are good things and bad things about following the TDEE given by Fitbit. I am at a plateau and I am not losing much weight. However, I just went to the doctor and was asked about my pulse rate, which was described as a "runner's pulse" (was 52). I am not a small girl (size 14, 186 pounds, 5' 7") but I have been adding jogging to my exercise and have been thoroughly enjoying doing some 5K's this summer. So I am eating what Fitbit tells me to but not losing weight. However, it appears that I may be gaining muscle and getting much more fit, as my pulse rate says. Hmmm, hopefully I'll lose some more weight again. But in the meantime, I'll enjoy the journey.
July 24, 2012 7:36 AM
I eat the number MFP tells me. FB changes daily and I do not want to even think about that. For example, Sunday, it said I should only eat 768 calories. Not a chance.
July 24, 2012 12:04 PM
I am confused with what fitbit tells me. Today is a really great example I didn't do anything because I had
oral surgery this morning so I am sitting on my butt watching Tv. Usually I am very active. So my fitbit says
1244 calories burned. So what does that really mean? I use MFP. since March. I am happy with both but
fitbit doesn't give you enough info on its site. Then what is this thing premier 49.00 more? If someone knows
Any of this please post. I have the fitbit since July12th. Thank you.
Edited by annew1952 On July 24, 2012 12:09 PM
July 24, 2012 12:31 PM
If you search, someone just asked questions a while ago about the premier and one person had a really great response because they have it. I am just testing it and probably will not buy it.

The calories burned is just your BMR. When you move it bases calories burned on your fitness plan plus bmr. Like the Harris-Benedict equation.
July 24, 2012 12:32 PM
I am trying to ignore the fitbit exercise number. I like it as a motivating number. But am not going to eat back those cals anymore.

Before I got fitbit, I was on a steady, downward weight loss, just by following MFP. So all the walking all day was absorbed in my numbers already. I did log specific walks, like walking the dog at night. But other than that and specific workouts, those other general walking cals I was not counting. Yet, as I said, was on a steady weight loss.

My weight loss has stalled a little bit. This also coincided with getting a bulging disc in my neck which curtailed by workouts for a few months. But am back in the saddle, using MFP as my primary site, and diligently carry my fitbit, uping my steps, making that darn little flower grow!!! It's all trial and error really.

I wouldn't trust any number from any site absolutely. If you follow one site/number and time shows it working for you, keep going. If not, as in my case, I re-evaluated.
July 24, 2012 12:38 PM
Here is the link for the premium discussion
July 24, 2012 12:46 PM
I use the fitbit to gauge my calories instead of MFP, I have not used the fat2fit before ( I may have looked at it once before, but I dont use it for my TDEE). I think that their little Gas Gauge looking graphic on my Dashboard is helpful and is more reliable to see how much I am falling under my estimated calorie expenditure on days where I am not as active. I keep my fitbit on 24/7, including using the sleep pattern function. I love it!

edit: my weight loss had stalled last month before getting my fitbit and I think that I was not eating enough. After using the fitbit and it taking in to account my daily activities and workouts I am eating a bit more overall but I have lost 6lbs in 23 days.
Edited by SomeMorr On July 24, 2012 12:49 PM
July 24, 2012 1:10 PM
Kind of.

I have my MFP number set at 20% below my average TDEE and I delete any extra calories that my FB gives me throughout the day. I do still log and eat any calories earned through moderate to intense exercise, which I record in the MFP activities section..

I have my FB food plan set to "sedentary" and if I meet my MFP goals, I find that I am meeting the FB goals as well.
July 24, 2012 5:52 PM

Or do you go by the scooby calculator or fat2fit radio, etc? Just wondering how YOU determine your TDEE?

You know, there are SOOOO many ways to try to figure out how much to eat, and so many differing opinions on how you should figure it out. It will make you crazy!

I just let the Fitbit adjust my calories on MFP, depending on how much or how little I am active for the day. I lost last week and this week, so it's working.
Edited by TiggerOh On July 24, 2012 5:55 PM
July 25, 2012 4:59 AM
I add the amount that MFP says my exercise has given to the MFP daily allowance. Then I eat very slightly under that.

The Fitbit seems to be catching up - so past days now match the MFP data, but the current day is always way out.

At first I thought it was counting my BMR, but it is nowhere near that either.

The Fitbit is useful for sleep details and for the extra incentive of reaching other targets each day, but I still go by the MFP details if they differ.

Only had the Fitbit since last Saturday, so might still be early days wink

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