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Weight Estimator jinabnitt — Jan 21, 2017 03:07AM PST

I can't help but notice the weight estimator (when it tells me how much I will weigh in 5 weeks if every day was like this) is way off. It's so far off I can't even figure out how this is calculated. For example, I had one day (Thursday) where I ate 1300 calories and burned 2100 calories in exercise, the estimator said I'd weigh 172 in 5 weeks. The next day, I ate 1600 calories and burned zero, and the estimator said I'd weigh 174.5 in 5 weeks. That is a difference of 2400 calories a day. Over 5 weeks (35 days), that is going to add up to a lot more than a 2.5 lbs difference. It's actually more than a 20 lbs difference. I don't see the point in having this estimation if it is going to be that far off. I do my own calculations, so I don't really need this function, but others probably do and the numbers being so terribly low would probably be discouraging to most. If you can't get this working somewhat accurately, I would suggest disabling it altogether.

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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Jan 22, 2017 11:28AM PST

Hey thanks for posting your question. Sorry for any confusion regarding the projection. You mentioned that the first day you ate less and logged exercise, burning 2100 calories, however, the next day you ate more and moved less. The second day’s projection being higher would be in-line with that. Keep in mind that the projection says if every day was like today you will weigh ___ in 5 weeks. So it is not averaging the 2 days in your diary towards a common end point but rather saying if your diet and exercise stayed exactly the same as they were today, for next 5 weeks, this would be the result.

Warm Regards,
Logan
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