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How does the exercise "credit" work? keatorbob — Jan 20, 2017 12:01PM PST

I do not understand how the exercise ADDS calories to my daily portion of calorie allotment. For example, Now that I have UP connected, I start out with 1530 calories, as of right now, it shows I have consumed 444 in calories with a -330 for exercise (I guess it is calculating this from my steps from UP), for a remaining calories to eat of 756. Why would it DEDUCT calories if I burned them in steps???

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Ripley MyFitnessPal Agent Jan 20, 2017 12:11PM PST


MyFitnessPal pulls your calorie burn directly from our total daily calorie App Gallery partners. Since partner devices track minute to minute, and our program views the entire day as a whole, we then project forward to the end of the day based on your calorie burn so far. When viewing your adjustment (either by tapping the “i” next to the adjustment in your Exercise Diary on our main website at, or by tapping the adjustment itself in the app), you should see a number directly under the partner, which represents the instant sync, and a number to the right of the partner which represents our projection for the day based on your current sync.

Because the adjustment value is recalculated every time your device uploads new data, you should expect this value to change over the course of the day. It is also necessary to make sure your partner device and MyFitnessPal are set to the same time zones (time zones can be updated in the main settings). At midnight, the projected sync and your actual sync should then match exactly. Depending on when you last sync, there may be a slight variation between one day and the next as the two values catch up to each other.

On the calculation page, under the partner totals, you should then see your MyFitnessPal total. The MyFitnessPal total includes not only your daily goals, but also the calories needed to reach the goals you have set within the program, such as lose 1 pound, (we originally deduct these calories when providing your daily goals on MyFitnessPal, they then must be added back in when comparing against your actual total burn from your partner device). Since our program instantly awards calories to your day when exercises are added into the cardiovascular section, to avoid double credit, we also add your cardiovascular totals in with your MyFitnessPal total.

When your device partner projected total is Greater than your MyFitnessPal total, you will then see a positive adjustment of the difference added to your MyFitnessPal account. If your device partner projected total is Less than your MyFitnessPal total, you will then either see a 0, or if you have opted to turn on Negative adjustments, you will see a deduction of calories. If the adjustment is negative this indicates the partner’s reported calorie burn is lower than what MyFitnessPal’s has already provided for you.

Because the adjustment value is recalculated every time your device uploads new data, you should expect this value to change over the course of the day.

By default, MyFitnessPal will show you only positive calorie adjustments. To permit negative adjustments, log in to the full MyFitnessPal site at and click the main “Settings” tab, then “Diary Settings.” Check the box for “Enable Negative Adjustments” then click “Save Changes.” If you are typically unable to sync your device until late in the day, you may wish to leave negative adjustments “off.”

Enabling a negative calorie adjustment from your integration with Jawbone will give you the most accurate information about your calorie expenditure for the day. A negative calorie adjustment indicates that you are using fewer calories on a given day than our original MyFitnessPal estimate.

We recommend enabling negative adjustments if:
-you expect to wear your tracking device consistently
-you would like the most accurate calorie feedback MyFitnessPal can provide
-your device is able to sync its data multiple times over the course of the day

We recommend disabling negative adjustments if:
-you do not expect to wear your device consistently
-your device can only sync occasionally, or only late in the day
-you wish to use the device only for the motivational experience of earning additional calories

Hope this helps! We wish you the best of luck in meeting and maintaining all your fitness goals!


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