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under Armour calorie adjustment richiep2152 — Jan 27, 2017 10:00AM PST

Can someone please give me a more simpler understanding to how the calorie adjustment works as i do not get the explanation provided on the app and the website

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Maximiliano MyFitnessPal Agent Jan 27, 2017 10:19AM PST


Our apologies for any confusion surrounding your Calorie Adjustment. Though you may have earned a certain amount of calories with your daily tracking device, in order to see a calorie adjustment in your exercise diary, the number of calories your device projects you will burn for the entire day must be more than the amount of calories MyFitnessPal believes you will burn, based on your previous profile information. Since the integration takes your entire day’s activity into account, it’s important to wear 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.

Your 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, though your daily tracker 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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richiep2152 Jan 27, 2017 10:28AM PST

So let me get this right, I am currently using Mywellnes app that syncs with MFP so when I add my activity on Mywellness that would then be synced to MFP so in essence if i put in 60 mins of running in mywellness and it says calories burned 500 and i enter the same in MFP but says 250 there would be a 250 calorie adjustment that right ? Because what I fear is that I am double entering and skewing my estimated calorie burn.

If you have a simpler understanding that would be great or alternatively if I have a number I can call and have someone explain to me over the phone

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Maximiliano MyFitnessPal Agent Jan 27, 2017 10:38AM PST


Thanks for getting back in touch with us. Unfortunately we do not offer phone support, but I will try to clear up any confusion for you.

Any step based activity like walking or running that you are currently tracking via steps on your phone you are not going to want to re add into MyFitnessPal. You actually wouldn’t want to track this with MapMyFitness or any other app because your phone is already tracking all step based activity you perform, so adding this again is double counting your exercise calories.

You will however want to add any exercise that is not step based, like swimming or weight workouts.

I hope this helps to clarify,
MyFitnessPal Staff

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richiep2152 Jan 27, 2017 11:22AM PST

Yeah sorry this was a bad example, mywellness is not a device it is just an app similar to MFP you add in your exercise and it tells your calorie burn or the amount o "moves" you have done. So if I add body pump through mywellness it will then sync that with MFP so I will not need to add it to MFP, am i correct in that thinking ?

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Maximiliano MyFitnessPal Agent Jan 27, 2017 11:27AM PST


We would suggest adding these exercises manually, straight into MyFitnessPal. This should then sync over to your wellness app.

MyFitnessPal Staff

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richiep2152 Jan 27, 2017 11:34AM PST

I see so it works both ways if I add something on mywellness dont add it on to MFP, or as you said just add it on to MFP and then it will be synced over to mywellness?

However just to be clear moving forward should i in the future purchase a device that syncs with MFP then do not add the exercise on to MFP just let the adjustment do its thing .......

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Maximiliano MyFitnessPal Agent Jan 27, 2017 11:48AM PST


We integrate with a lot of wellness apps and each is a bit different on what/how they sync.

I would suggest logging an exercise in your wellness app and seeing if it syncs over to us in your exercise diary. And then log an exercise in MyFitnessPal to see if it syncs to your wellness app. Sometimes, this is only a one way sync, once you figure this out, you will be able to decide where to log the exercises.

As far as devices, you can always reach out to our community to see which ones they like best for tracking.

MyFitnessPal Staff

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