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Calorie Adjustment for Steps way off tessanawalt — May 10, 2018 07:01PM PDT

I am having serious issues with the Calorie adjustment for steps, I have looked everywhere for an answer to this and cannot find it so am posting here in hopes that someone can explain what is going wrong and help me fix it.

First some details:
I am using an apple watch 3 to track my steps. My calorie allotment for the day is 1,200. My activity level is set at "Not very Active"

I first had Negative Calorie Adjustments turned on and the problem was this: I would get way higher negative calorie adjustments then seemed right.
For example on one day I had consumed 1,544 calories, I had 3 exercises logged (2 bike rides and a run) for a total of 687 positive calories added to my daily total, I also showed 19,822 steps for the day for which I received a negative calorie adjustment of -309 calories. So my Goal was 1,200 - 1,544 (food) + 469 (exercise) = 125 remaining. How can this possibly be right? How can I get negative calories when I've taken 19,822 steps.

If there is a way I can post screen shots of my diary that show what I mean.

Then in an attempt to fix things and because I was at my wits end I turned off Negative Calorie Adjustments, so at least now I'm not having calories taken out. But I still am not receiving what I think I should be for steps.
For example one day I consumed 1,763 calories, logged 2 bike rides as separate exercises (one for 172 calories and the other for 158 calories) then I took 15,790 steps for the day and received 56 positive calories for that many steps. So my Goal was 1,200 - 1,763 (food) + 386 (exercise) = -177 remaining. Again, how can this possibly be right?

The only thing I can think is that for some reason MFP's rule that you can not have a goal of under 1,200 calories for the day is effecting my calorie count if my food intake will be too low for me to pass the 12,000 mark with the adjustment for exercises.

I understand that MFP gives different calories adjustment depending on the kind of steps you take, incline, heart rate etc. are all considered, but how can it ever be possible to take over 15,000 steps (more then 5 miles) and only receive a positive calorie adjustment of 56 calories.

Please help, this is beyond frustrating.

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent May 11, 2018 08:21AM PDT

Hi there,

How the integration will work is that you will see a positive adjustment only if you are projected to burn more than your MyFitnessPal Calories Burned, based off the current total Calorie burn from Apple Watch. Your MyFitnessPal Calories Burned are composed of two things: your estimate of calories burned per day MyFitnessPal makes based off your profile information plus any added exercises. If an exercise is added manually or from a partner, the MyFitnessPal Calories Burned increase and the adjustment will modify itself so that calories burned are not double counted.

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 on the apps (you may need to tap the adjustment in the diary and then again on the next page depending on your app version). If you do not see a line that says MFP iOS Calories Burned/Steps Calorie Burned adjustment in the cardiovascular section, then there may be a problem with the sync. However, if you do see this line, then it should be syncing correctly, even if it says 0.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions or feedback.


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kelseylauren1990 May 18, 2018 08:15AM PDT

I'm having the same issue! I did not have this issue using my Fitbit. It has only been with the Garmin....HELP!!

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent May 18, 2018 08:53AM PDT

Hi kelseylauren1990

It looks like your past day did not sync up until midnight. Could you try relinking your Garmin Connect to see if that will help?

To unlink your account, log in to your MyFitnessPal account online and then visit this link:

Your connected partners appear on the right edge of the page.

Click on any of your integration partners, then click “Disconnect” to unlink your accounts.

Once unlinked, go in to the Garmin Connect app to unlink from there as well. To do so, go to the Menu Bar or tap the More option, then tap Settings>3rd Party Apps>MyFitnessPal>Disconnect. When completed, tap MyFitnessPal again and swipe through the pages to tap Get Started.

Be sure to also set Garmin Connect as the Steps source in MyFitnessPal when completed. To do this, under the Menu Bar or More menu, tap Steps>Garmin Connect

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions or feedback.


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