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Calories burned counted as calories gained flyingsnailstreasures — Aug 14, 2016 11:50AM PDT

My phone app and the website count the calories I burned as gained calories. The formula myfitnesspal seems to be using is:
Goal Calories - Calories Consumed - Calories Burned = Net Calories.

For example, if my goal is 2,000 calories, I ate 2,000 calories, and burned 300 calories, the app says:
2,000 - 2,000 - 300 = -300 (I ate over 300 calories!) when it should be
2,000 - 2,000 + 300 = 300 (I have 300 calories left).

Even though I know the formula is wrong, it's really depressing for the app. to constantly tell me I'm over my calorie limit when I'm not. :(
Am I the only one with this issue? I tried looking up my concern and didn't see it offhand in the forums.

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flyingsnailstreasures Aug 14, 2016 11:54AM PDT

or parenthesis should be added (good old PEMDAS!):
Goal Calories - (Calories Consumed - Calories Burned) = Calories Left

so using the same example, it should be
2,000 - (2,000-300) =
2,000 - 1,700 =

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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Aug 14, 2016 04:38PM PDT

Hey thanks for posting your question. Sorry for any confusion. It sounds as if you have elected to have a negative calorie option when using an integrated all day tracker app with our program. When you elect the negative calorie option, you are choosing to have the program deduct calories from what we have initially provided for you, if you end up not actually burning those calories based upon the information provided from your tracker. This deduction will actually look like an addition in your account, since those calories were not actually earned but already provided, we essentially add them back into your account to make up for this difference.

The way an all day activity tracker works is that it provides you with your “exact” calories burned for the day. This is then compared against the “average” you have already been provided by our program. If you actually earn more calories than we initially gave you, then the program will provide you with a positive adjustment. If you do not earn as many as we provided you, then you will either receive a “0” for the adjustment, if you don’t have the negative calorie option elected, or if you do have the negative calorie option elected, then you will receive a deduction from what we provided you.

The actual calculation can be a bit confusing because you have to take into account the calories needed to reach the goals you have elected. This is a formula that is calculated behind the scenes, but can be viewed by either clicking on the “i” next to the adjustment line in the cardiovascular section online, or by tapping directly on the adjustment if you are using an app.

To elect to turn on or off the negative calorie option, please go online to, and then go to the main “settings” tab, then go to “calorie adjustments” and either put a check in the box to enable the negative option or remove the check to disable it. Then make sure to update the changes at the bottom of the page.

Warm Regards,
MyFitnessPal Staff

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