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October 16, 2012 9:29 AM
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I'm having this new problem too. I just logged in, haven't done much of anything today but get dressed and I see this:

" *You've earned -86 extra calories from exercise today "



This - mine was working fine until all of these changes. I input my exercise w/ start times to avoid doubling up the cals burned and the more steps I earned the more calories were available (beyond exercising). Now I have no idea how to plan my day because the numbers aren't accurate throughout the day and will apparently keep changing.
  24675440
October 16, 2012 5:46 PM
What about how I haven't worn my fit bit all day, it doesn't know that I did 30ds 1.5 times, or that chased my two yr old around, or that I went up and down the stairs a bazillion times today, not to mention my run on the treadmill, so how is it minusing from me? And yes I deleted that red negative number right off because I want credit for what I know I sweated for!
  20002800
October 16, 2012 6:03 PM
You stated above that you don't allow negative adjustments from Fitbit. However, I have a negative adjustment of 194 calories for today and I noticed that a negative adjustment of 91 calories was deducted yesterday.

I don't understand. My total calorie burn for yesterday was higher than my calculated daily calorie expenditure, so how can it adjust negatively?
  23697467
October 16, 2012 8:48 PM
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You stated above that you don't allow negative adjustments from Fitbit. However, I have a negative adjustment of 194 calories for today and I noticed that a negative adjustment of 91 calories was deducted yesterday.

I don't understand. My total calorie burn for yesterday was higher than my calculated daily calorie expenditure, so how can it adjust negatively?

They are NOW allowing negative adjustments, effective yesterday (10/15) I believe. This will give you a more accurate calorie allowance in the long run. For example: My activity level is set to sedentary on Fitbit and MFP and I'm allowed 1390 calories daily. I work night shift at a job where I mostly just sit so there are some days where I barely take 2000 steps. This is below even the sedentary setting for both MFP and Fitbit. Therefore, I should receive a negative adjustment since my original allowance of 1390 is based on activity higher than 2000 steps.

Does that make sense?

It will adjust during the day if you are more active. Although I do agree that seeing the red negative number all day is scary.
  21921341
October 16, 2012 8:51 PM
Also, my guess about why they have changed this to adjust several times during the day and project an adjustment is because of Fitbit's new trackers that can sync through mobile devices. It is more likely that people will be syncing their devices more times during the day rather than just once or twice at the end of the night.
  21921341
October 17, 2012 5:31 AM
Ok, well that's all fine and dandy, BUT my calculated daily calorie expenditure through MFP is 1960 calories. Yesterday and the day before I ended the day with fitbit calculating my daily calorie expenditure at between 2300 to 2420 calories (which is my normal average). Even if I do the math, the amount of fitbit calculation is still not adding up, and I'm getting a negative calculation of about 100 calories a day. I'm not going to go into the negative when I'm still exercising and consistently burning about 400 calories more a day than they calculated, but getting a negative amount deducted from me? It doesn't make sense and it's totally demoralizing. In addition, it was giving me a negative calculation when I hadn't even synced my fitbit since the morning and it was in the evening. To add to the confusion, the negative adjustment only shows up on the online version and not on my phone.

I know it should adjust off, if i'm more sedentary in the morning and then more active in the afternoon (which is my normal). I haven't seen it do that yet. I just synced for this morning and it already has a negative adjustment on me, when all I was doing was sleeping. I guess I'm supposed to move more in my sleep. :-/ It also shouldn't be giving me a negative adjustment when I haven't even synced - its just guessing.
Edited by celestialbev On October 17, 2012 5:53 AM
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October 21, 2012 10:07 AM
This morning I have literally watch my fitbit calorie adjustment go from -101 to +230 to 0 and now to +27

What's going on today?

I was expecting about +450 ... as that is my average adjustment from fitbit but last night it still registered the -101 so I waited until this AM to make sure all syncing was correct ect. I have watched it jump all over the place in the last 40 min!
October 21, 2012 2:18 PM
I went for a 2.5-mile walk with my dogs, I vacuumed my house, and I pushed my garbage can up the hill to the corner. I'm a sweaty mess. And I have NO calorie adjustment, up or down, on MFP.

Was it really that broken before? It seemed to be working pretty well for me. Sigh.

Edited to add: the Fitbit homepage tells me I have 2200+ calories available for today. MFP says 1760. They're usually different by only about 250 calories.
Edited by msmindylee On October 21, 2012 2:20 PM
October 22, 2012 1:11 PM
I have just bought the FitBit Aria scales. I don't have a FitBit exercise monitor - just the scales.

I just use the Aria scales for weight. It also reads body fat and FitBit works out my BMI. These are sync'd to MFP.

I record all my meals and exercise in MFP. At the end of the day my exercise is negated by a FitBit "adjustment" of negative calories. I just want my weight to be sync'd please. No idea why either FitBit or MFP are making assumptions or adjustments to reality.
October 23, 2012 9:00 PM
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This is below even the sedentary setting for both MFP and Fitbit.

Then they need to change the Sedentary setting! I think that would fix 95% of the complaints about the new system. Give us a *true* minimum number of calories we *definitely* can eat, and then reward us for exercise by giving us more. That's how the old system worked. If people were burning fewer than the minimum calories, then the minimum is *wrong* and *that* is what needed fixing!
October 24, 2012 1:07 AM
I have always been a big fan of mfp, and bought my fitbit due to the ability to link it. I was very happy for months, but now I am thinking of giving up with mfp altogether.
For the past month or so, the extra calories I get to eat each day from my walking, have been completely messed up. Today is the last straw... minus numbers?
I want a system that gives me a true daily calorie amount to lose weight, that I can increase by extra exercise. This is what the fitbit/mfp partnership did happily for months for me.
Now using both together is useless.
I feel conned, as I would never have spent so much money on a pedometer, if not for the promise of a simple daily calories plus extra calories instantly added from exercise.
Negative numbers have no place in dieting plus exercise, the system of positive encouragement to exercise more few a few daily treats was brilliant. I will be ending my use of mfp, and no longer recommending it , if this is the way it intends to continue. Please return to the perfectly good previous system.
October 24, 2012 4:43 AM
There should be a link directly on the home page that leads to a clear explanation of how the Fitbit adjustment works (or for any of the new devices). When I first got me Fitbit last Spring, I had to dig around in the message boards to determine why my adjustment value was decreasing over the course of the day. Today, I wanted to find out why I'm suddenly getting negative adjustments, and to find out, I had to go to the next to bottom of the the message board listing, and go to page 5 of a thread.

I don't yet know if the new system is an improvement or not, but there needs to be some clarity of information. My home page window gives the following:
Goal= 2040
Food= 0
Exercise= + 188
Net= 188
Calories remaining= 1852

given that 2040+188 does not equal 1852, the "addition" is actually a subtraction. And to top it off, the MFP app on my iPad doesn't show any adjustments, so 'Goal' and 'Calories' remaining both equal 2040, and 'food' and 'exercise' are both zero.
October 24, 2012 4:49 AM
It seems to me that if the activity isn't 'fitbit approved' ie. walking, the fitbit doesn't like it. I will have over 1000 calories burned today from water sports, and as soon as I pre-log them, the fitbit negates them! I'm getting tired of this negative numbers thing. It's defeating to see my diary in the red all day even though I know I need to eat more to fuel the exercise I have planned. I HATE this new system.
  21488716
October 24, 2012 5:01 AM
I recently 'unlinked' the Fitbit from MFP. It was just too crazy to keep up with. I log my food and exercise here and use the Fitbit to help keep track of my activity level.
  20941067
October 26, 2012 5:22 PM
PROBLEM: Fitbit adjustment is wildly inconsistent
  20368215
October 26, 2012 9:11 PM
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It seems to me that if the activity isn't 'fitbit approved' ie. walking, the fitbit doesn't like it. I will have over 1000 calories burned today from water sports, and as soon as I pre-log them, the fitbit negates them! I'm getting tired of this negative numbers thing. It's defeating to see my diary in the red all day even though I know I need to eat more to fuel the exercise I have planned. I HATE this new system.


Yes, this. On the days when I do lots of walking it is great.

On the days when I do lots of cleaning, and I mean working up a sweat scrubbing floors or cleaning out closets, which fitbit doesn't recognize as activity, it doesn't seem to work as well.
October 26, 2012 9:16 PM
My fitbit is still not syncing with MFP. Only one of my food entries is showing up on fitbit, none of my exercise calories from the last 3 days have yet to be synced, no matter how many ways I try.
October 28, 2012 4:19 AM
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This is below even the sedentary setting for both MFP and Fitbit.

Then they need to change the Sedentary setting! I think that would fix 95% of the complaints about the new system. Give us a *true* minimum number of calories we *definitely* can eat, and then reward us for exercise by giving us more. That's how the old system worked. If people were burning fewer than the minimum calories, then the minimum is *wrong* and *that* is what needed fixing!

Oh! My! Gosh! I'm not really sure why this has been so frustrating when the solution is SO SIMPLE!! You're totally right!

MFP, please adjust the minimum!!! And then only let us EARN calories as we are more active. Do not "predict" how active you "think" I'm going to be.
Edited by awisegirl84 On October 28, 2012 4:20 AM
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November 1, 2012 1:27 PM
My favorite part is how I just burned 400 cals (per my HRM) doing circuit training - and then fitbit takes 116 of them away giving me a total burn of only 284. What a waste of money.
  24675440
November 2, 2012 2:54 AM
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My favorite part is how I just burned 400 cals (per my HRM) doing circuit training - and then fitbit takes 116 of them away giving me a total burn of only 284. What a waste of money.


Fitbit isn't the problem - MFP has taken the 116 away, and changed what Fitbit reports. Please don't blame Fitbit for what MFP does.

I too have had my calories reported via a HRM adjusted by MFP - when you input into MFP and it syncs to fitbit MFP is now "second-guessing" the calories, and adjusts what you have reported as a "fitbit adjustment". If you put your HRM calories into fitbit instead, then I've found that the amendment doesn't seem to happen - so you should get the correct credit from your HRM this way.
Edited by Majicthighs On November 2, 2012 2:58 AM
November 2, 2012 7:33 AM
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My favorite part is how I just burned 400 cals (per my HRM) doing circuit training - and then fitbit takes 116 of them away giving me a total burn of only 284. What a waste of money.


Fitbit isn't the problem - MFP has taken the 116 away, and changed what Fitbit reports. Please don't blame Fitbit for what MFP does.

I too have had my calories reported via a HRM adjusted by MFP - when you input into MFP and it syncs to fitbit MFP is now "second-guessing" the calories, and adjusts what you have reported as a "fitbit adjustment". If you put your HRM calories into fitbit instead, then I've found that the amendment doesn't seem to happen - so you should get the correct credit from your HRM this way.


Thanks for the input. So in essence I should continue to log food on MFP and perhaps start logging exercise on the fitbit site? I can do that.
  24675440
November 2, 2012 9:09 AM
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My favorite part is how I just burned 400 cals (per my HRM) doing circuit training - and then fitbit takes 116 of them away giving me a total burn of only 284. What a waste of money.


Fitbit isn't the problem - MFP has taken the 116 away, and changed what Fitbit reports. Please don't blame Fitbit for what MFP does.

I too have had my calories reported via a HRM adjusted by MFP - when you input into MFP and it syncs to fitbit MFP is now "second-guessing" the calories, and adjusts what you have reported as a "fitbit adjustment". If you put your HRM calories into fitbit instead, then I've found that the amendment doesn't seem to happen - so you should get the correct credit from your HRM this way.


Thanks for the input. So in essence I should continue to log food on MFP and perhaps start logging exercise on the fitbit site? I can do that.


At the moment that's working for me.... I can't say it's "right" though - I'm just another user!. I see on other threads that MFP are reviewing how the adjustment works, so things might change again.
November 3, 2012 9:48 PM
I just started looking into MFP tonight, and I have a Fitbit One. I've had no problems with the Fitbit, except their website has a LONG way to go in the food-logging department and MFP's food list is clearly superior. Before deciding to link my Fitbit to MFP, I wanted to read the Community's comments, and after 10 minutes of that, I'm seeing more negatives than positives.

It is true that Fitbit is not taking away calories burned; it's MFP. The Fitbit does not log negative calories. And I am not a fan of taking away calories burned. Also, I'm not seeing a seamless connection with steps. My understanding is that MFP does not provide for Fitbit's step counting, and only translates the steps as calories burned. This would make me nuts trying to reconcile information from one site to the other.

So far, much to my disappointment, I'm not seeing the benefit of connecting the Fitbit to MFP.
November 5, 2012 1:49 PM
Can you tell me the difference between the sedentary setting on fitbit for calories verses the personalized setting in regards to how it is reflected on MFP? I am having a problem when I look at MFP determining my calories burned, it is showing a different amount than what is showing on the fitbit.
  26452234
November 7, 2012 10:41 AM
I just got the wifi scale, I do not have any of their calorie monitoring devices but FitBit is subtracting about 1/3 of my cardio calories..what is going on?

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