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Exercise Calories peace10137 — Jan 06, 2017 11:29AM PST

I have my account linked to my defult iphone activity tracker. an hour ago it was subtracting calories for the steps I took and now the number reads 0 and it is only subtracting the exercise i manually put in. What is going on?

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Maximiliano MyFitnessPal Agent Jan 06, 2017 03:31PM PST


Our apologies for any confusion surrounding your Calorie Adjustment. Though you may have earned a certain amount of steps, in order to see a calorie adjustment in your exercise diary, the number of steps on your device must be high enough to alter the amount of calories MyFitnessPal believes you will burn, based on your previous profile information.

Since this takes your entire day’s activity into account, it’s important that if you have the step feature connected to a tracking device other than the iPhone 5’s M7 processor to sync your device as much as possible during the day. The two programs will work with each other to determine if an adjustment was actually earned.

When you first join MyFitnessPal, we ask you for your weight, height, age, gender, and your normally daily activity level. We then use all this information to provide you with your daily goals based on an “average” from the information you provided. However, since these goals are based on an “average” activity level, this may vary for each person.

The steps tracked by a iPhone 5s or an integration device is designed to give you a more precise account for your personal daily activity level. When you originally choose your activity level on MyFitnessPal, you may think that you are an “active” person. MyFitnessPal will then automatically give you goals based on what an “average” active person may burn through the course of the day. However, if you are wearing a personal tracker, that average may change based on your “actual” activity level. You may not actually be as active as an “average” person, or you may even be more active.

If you are not as active as the original activity level you chose, then depending on how you set your device up with MyFitnessPal (MyFitnessPal gives you the option to either have a negative adjustment or only a positive one if you are due) your daily calorie goal will either not be effected, adjust up or even go down.

In other words, MyFitnessPal may have given you a daily goal of 1700 calories based on your profile information, but activity recorded by your device may result in a projection of only a 1600 burn by the end of the day. MyFitnessPal will now either give you no adjustment and keep your calories at 1700, or if you chose to allow negative adjustments, it will sync a -100 calorie adjustment to bring your goal in line with the new data.

Depending on when you sync your device with MyFitnessPal, this goal may fluctuate throughout the course of the day. If you sync in the morning after a work out, you will get an estimate based on that activity level. However, if you sleep the rest of the day, it will adjust again according to this new information.

Details about the calculation of any adjustment can be viewed by clicking the small “i” next to the adjustment in your Exercise Diary (on the full website), or by tapping the adjustment itself in the Exercise Diary of the MyFitnessPal app.

If you find you are continuously not getting an adjustment or are constantly receiving a negative adjustment (if you elected for the negative option), you may want to change your originally chosen activity level on MyFitnessPal. Instructions for changing the details of your MyFitnessPal profile can be found here:

Also, please remember, of you are using a daily tracker it may show you have burned a high amount of calories for the day, you must still surpass what you need to burn to lose weight, before an “extra” adjustment can be added. For example, say for the day you have burned 2000 calories, but you only receive an adjustment of 100. This is because, you must also account for not eating back those calories you need to give up in order to lose weight.

We hope this better explains your adjustment, but if not, and you still feel there is a problem, please let us know. In the meantime, thank you so much for using the program as well as for integrate with one of our app partners. Please let us know if you have any additional feedback, problems or questions. We wish you all the success in reaching and maintaining all of your diet and fitness goals.

MyFitnessPal Staff

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