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February 1, 2013 7:52 AM
Am I being an idiot? I see lots of posts explaining how the Fitbit calories are calculated. I just want to know what I to do. So my question is this:

If I get home today and my Fitbit says I have burned 2000 calories.

- Where do I input that in MFP?

I try putting my 2000 calories in "Fitbit calorie adjustment" in MFP, and it just added 2000 calories to my daily exercise total and gave me a huge additional food allowance on top of what I had already eaten.

Am I supposed to do something else as well? Do I have to work something out for myself?

I was given the impression when I bought the Fitbit that this was supposed to be simple. Or am I being an idiot?

Could someone please just give me step-by-step answer as to what to do with my 2000 calories burned.

Thanks very much.
February 1, 2013 8:14 AM
What does MFP say you burn per day?


I'll present an example with a 'from thin air" number
Assuming it's 1750 that MFP says you burn...
your fitbit comes along and says... hey this person actually burned 2000 calories today...
MFP goes.... 2000-1750=250 calories... Adjust this persons calories by 250 to bring it inline with what the fitbit is saying compared to what we calculated.
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February 1, 2013 8:47 AM
You need to connect your fitbit to your mfp account. You do that in the Apps tab. I tried to go up and see if I could tell you the step by step, but I'd have to disconnect and then reconnect to see exactly how to do it. Once they are connected, then when your fitbit syncs to fitbit.com it will transfer any extra calories you have earned over to your mfp. No entries needed on your part.
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February 1, 2013 2:26 PM
Thanks for your reply. But my workout in the morning is included in my Fitbit. So my MFP doesn't say anything because I haven't put anything into MFP... all my exercise is logged on Fitbit.

So tonight, I get home and my Fitbit says I've burned 1949 calories.

Do you mean that I have to measure (with FitBbit) how much I burn doing my exercise in the morning, put that into MFP as usual, and then do the subtraction from the final total in the evening?
February 1, 2013 2:33 PM
QUOTE:

Thanks for your reply. But my workout in the morning is included in my Fitbit. So my MFP doesn't say anything because I haven't put anything into MFP... all my exercise is logged on Fitbit.

So tonight, I get home and my Fitbit says I've burned 1949 calories.

Do you mean that I have to measure (with FitBbit) how much I burn doing my exercise in the morning, put that into MFP as usual, and then do the subtraction from the final total in the evening?


If you link them, you don't have to do anything. Look at the help section on the top right of the page and look at all the info in linking Fitbit. EVERYTHING will be explained.
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February 1, 2013 4:03 PM
Hi

Thank you for that. But I still don't get what you mean. Your imaginary number of 1750 that MFP says I have... where are you getting that from? MFP isn't saying what I'm burning. I put in what I burn when I get off the treadmill and IT tells me I burned 327 calories.

So, today, I burned 327 on the treadmill, and FitBit says I burned 1949 through the day.

When I put this figure into MFP, it just adds it to my exercise, meaning I burned 2200 and something, and says I'm allowed to eat another 2000+ calories today... which clearly is not right.

I'm losing my mind.
February 1, 2013 4:32 PM
MFP has some sort of number "in mind" calculated for you, or it couldn't give you a daily calorie goal.

You can see what yours is at my home > goals

Look for the
"Your Daily Goal" part of that, the number there will equal what your daily calorie goal via MFP is

Compare that number to your fitbit number. If it's smaller than that your fitbit adjustment should be "just" the required calories to make that number = your fitbit number for the day.

Your daily goal number is your BMR x activity level minus the deficit for rate of weight loss you set on your diet profile.



You do NOT want to enter your "entire fitbit calorie burn for the day" as an activity on MFP using my numbers from earlier (1750 MFP goal and fitbit says 2000 for the day that'd give you 3750 calories for your day instead of the "adjustment" to make 1750 equal 2000 that the fitbit says you're doing.
  3335912
February 1, 2013 4:35 PM
I don't want to sync my accounts, but I looked at it for you.

1. Go to "APPS" tab above.
2. Go to 'Fitbit" --Learn More
3. Over to the right in BLUE "Connect the accounts" click it and follow the directions.

Once you do this, you don't have to list any exercise on mfp UNLESS it is an activity where you are NOT wearing your Fitbit, like swimming.

When the Fitbit updates, so will mfp. My daughter synced her Fitbit.
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February 2, 2013 12:33 AM
My account is linked with Fitbit. And I have synced it. But nothing seems to be happening. I think that's the problem. I'm not being an idiot. But wil investigate the above. Thanks everyone for your help.
February 2, 2013 1:04 AM
Try unblinking and then linking again. You should get a Fitbit adjustment shown in the exercise section of MFP. I'd set MFP to sedentary and switch on the negative adjustment. Again read all of the FB help section on the MFP website for info on this.
  482223
February 2, 2013 1:20 AM
you haven't burned 2000 calories in exercise - if you are reading it from the fitbit itself - that is all the calories you have used as you have gone about your day. If you wore a heart rate monitor all day you would get a really high number - but you wouldn't eat that back - your daily food intake has to be deducted from that.

if you link your fitbit to mfp what it does is roughly calculates the difference between what you have eaten, what your activity level as been and if you have gone above that and expended more energy than you have given fuel for - it will give you an adjustment amount of calories that you need to eat.

so if you link the fitbit and it doesn't add any extra calories the fitbit doesn't think you need to eat more based on your level of activity for the day.

yesterday my fitbit calories was over 3000 but I did couch to 5K really pushing myself and load of big dog walks and a ton of housework so was on my feet most of the day, i didn't add the exercise bit to my dairy and the fitbit adjustment gave me an extra 1031 calories.

my dairy is open with the exercise tab at the bottom so go n have a look if you want to see how it adds it on.
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