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Steps Calorie Adjustment xkeapix — May 16, 2018 12:17AM PDT

I have my activity level set as 'Not Very Active', and my goal to lose 0.5lb a week. My steps calorie adjustment for yesterday was 76 calories, based on approx. 13,500 steps. Looking at how the figure was calculated, MFP is telling me that my iPhone tracked a calorie burn of 1772. However, looking in the Apple Health app, the figure is 2163. Can you advise if the adjustment is correct? When I was using a Fitbit, the adjustment was nearer 200 calories for a similar number of steps.

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent May 16, 2018 08:40AM PDT

Hi there,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. It looks like the feature is not syncing up to midnight. Could you try a fresh reinstall of the app and see if that helps?

Once completed, please also check the time zone settings.

To check your Time Zone in MyFitnesspal:

On the Web

Click “My Home” then “Settings” then “Change time zone”.​​​​

In our iPhone and iPad apps

On the “Settings” screen tap “Profile” then scroll down to “Time Zone”

In our Android app

On the “Settings” screen tap “Profile” then “Location”

In our other mobile apps

On the “More” screen tap “Edit Profile” then scroll down to “Time Zone”

Also, MyFitnessPal does not currently allow for HealthKit to be a steps source, you may see differences between the two programs.

All the best,

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xkeapix May 16, 2018 09:43AM PDT

Thank you. I'll try these steps and report back. I perhaps should have mentioned that I'm tracking my steps with an Apple Watch.

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent May 16, 2018 09:50AM PDT

Thank you for clarifying. Since you are using the Apple Watch, after reinstalling, in MyFitnessPal tap More>Steps>Apple Watch and you should be taken to a page to turn some Categories On. Turn them on and then tap More>Settings>Sharing & Privacy>HealthKit Sharing and you’ll be taken to another page to turn On more Categories. This should relink your Apple Watch and HealthKit to MyFitnessPal.


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xkeapix May 16, 2018 09:58AM PDT

I checked yesterday's entry and you're right - the calculation is still using a projection from 22:24.

I've now re-installed the app, and verified the time zone is correct (I had already checked that before the re-install though).

I have just noticed that today's adjustment is higher if I choose to use my iPhone as the tracking device; if I choose Apple Watch the figure drops.

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xkeapix May 17, 2018 01:15AM PDT

I've just checked last night's calculation, and it says it's based on a projection from a reading at 21:26, so it still doesn't seem to be syncing at midnight (after a re-install). Thanks.

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent May 17, 2018 11:51AM PDT

Can you reset your steps source once more to see if that will help? To do this, in MyFitnessPal tap More>Steps>Do Not Track Steps. Go back to the More tab and scroll down to tap the sync option. Once complete, go back to Steps and reselect Apple Watch.


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xkeapix May 18, 2018 12:22AM PDT

Hi Bruce. I've just run through those instructions, so I'll see what happens.

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