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January 30, 2013 8:51 PM
With so many people having really low calorie goals (the dreaded 1200), I think it would be more helpful to see "you were within 5% or 10% or whatever % makes sense of your calorie goal" rather than only seeing that people were under it. It seems that only announcing when people are under encourages people to leave calories that should be eaten on the table. smile
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January 30, 2013 11:52 PM
Like this idea. With fitbit you are on goal when 50 kcals plus or minus I think that's healthier.
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January 31, 2013 1:25 AM
I agree. There is a psychological thing happening when the program announces that so-and-so is under their calorie goal. I think the idea of having a goal is to meet it, correct? So being under is not necessarily the best, while being within a certain range of the goal is closer to the object of said goal.
January 31, 2013 6:51 AM
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I agree. There is a psychological thing happening when the program announces that so-and-so is under their calorie goal. I think the idea of having a goal is to meet it, correct? So being under is not necessarily the best, while being within a certain range of the goal is closer to the object of said goal.


It does make me feel good when I'm under. Having said that, the program set my goal at an easy 1,560. Simply being "under" is not what you want. If you consume too few calories, your body goes into starvation mode to conserve energy (calories) and your metabolism slows down. Maybe a + / - percentage is better for a public victory announcement.

It does make me think about how many people are eating too little just to make a calorie goal. When I first started, I would click "complete" after every meal just for fun. I didn't know it was announcing the results. Anyway, something did pop up saying I was eating too little which would have been the case if it was only breakfast for the whole day. Maybe MFP needs a similar warning for coming in too far under for the whole day as well.
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January 31, 2013 6:58 AM
How come with strenght training you don't burn any calories?
January 31, 2013 8:06 PM
I like this idea, a lot
  25000768
January 31, 2013 8:31 PM
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How come with strenght training you don't burn any calories?

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/help/faq/91-doesn-t-strength-training-burn-calories-why-don-t-you-show-any-calories-burned-for-strength-training
  3335912
February 1, 2013 8:26 AM
I understand what you are asking. But for me, often it says I am under because I'm simply unable to eat back all of my exercise calories. So I'm well over the dreaded 1200, but under the addition.
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