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Exercise calories scotteugene79 — Jul 07, 2018 10:37AM PDT

I have myfitnesspal connected to my Apple Watch, UA Record and Map My Fitness (and Fitbit but only for weight on aria). Apple Watch is selected for steps and everything is enabled under Health App Privacy between myfitnesspal and Health.

Yesterday I burned 700 calories from exercise according to apple watch. I had it set on active and it was allotting about 2000 calories for the day. It only showed an adjustment of 50 or so calories. It has been showing no more than 100 calories no matter how much I work out since switching to Apple Watch and myfitnesspal (previously I used Fitbit and the Fitbit app exclusively). Yesterday evening I switched it to "lightly active." In an hour I checked it and it still showed the same amount of calories for exercise but had further subtracted my goal and total calories left for the day. I tracked my exercises (swimming and walking) and it showed those calories correctly.

Today I have done the same: It showed I had earned 18 calories from exercise and had about 1000 calories for the day. I changed my activity level to not very active and let it all sync over the hour or so. It still says I only earned 18 calories and only have about 800 left for the day. I switched it to "very active" and, again, it just changes my calorie goal but makes no difference in calories earned from activity. my Apple Watch shows that I've burned 188 calories from energy, so far, today. Why is it not giving my calories for my exercise properly based on my calorie burn on my Apple Watch? If its because I wasn't meeting the calorie burn expected by myfitnesspal it should change when I change my goals, I assume? I used to use myfitnesspal years ago with just the steps from my Apple iPhone and it worked fine. Before that I was on weight-watchers and used their app and since I've been on Fitbit, using their app. I know how much my activity should adjust my food for the day and after a week of messing with it, I feel it just isn't doing me much good in regards to food tracking / calorie goals.

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Best Answer Jul 08, 2018 11:39AM PDT Logan

Hello,

Thank you for contacting us with your question. If you click on the iOS Calorie Adjustment line in your diary on the 7th, and then on Extra Calories Earned, we can look at the MFP iOS Calories Burned vs the MyFitnessPal Calories Burned. In order to see an adjustment the iOS calories burned number must be higher. When you add an individual exercise entry, you’ll notice that you are already getting for credit for the exercise’s calorie burn in your calories remaining summary. In your adjustment detail it gets added to the MyFitnessPal number, reducing your iOS calorie adjustment by the amount of your individual exercise entry, to avoid receiving double credit for the activity. If this makes the MyFitnessPal number greater the adjustment will go back to 0 until the iOS number once again passes it.

Kind Regards,
Logan
MyFitnessPal Staff


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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Best Answer Best Answer Jul 08, 2018 11:39AM PDT

Hello,

Thank you for contacting us with your question. If you click on the iOS Calorie Adjustment line in your diary on the 7th, and then on Extra Calories Earned, we can look at the MFP iOS Calories Burned vs the MyFitnessPal Calories Burned. In order to see an adjustment the iOS calories burned number must be higher. When you add an individual exercise entry, you’ll notice that you are already getting for credit for the exercise’s calorie burn in your calories remaining summary. In your adjustment detail it gets added to the MyFitnessPal number, reducing your iOS calorie adjustment by the amount of your individual exercise entry, to avoid receiving double credit for the activity. If this makes the MyFitnessPal number greater the adjustment will go back to 0 until the iOS number once again passes it.

Kind Regards,
Logan
MyFitnessPal Staff


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scotteugene79 Jul 08, 2018 11:13PM PDT

I understand that. I go to exercise in my diary for Sunday and it shows a "Step Calorie Adjustment" of 23 for 11,761 steps. If I click on that it shows that I have earned 23 and says "you're using iPhone for measure your actual activity level throughout the day". But I mowed the yard with a push mower for two hours and did house work. My Apple Watch shows that I burned 1009 calories from exercise and exercised for 104 minutes. That exercise and those calories aren't showing up in MFP. The app is installed on my watch, in MFP I have steps set to Apple Watch and I've tried unistalling and reinstalling on my phone.


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scotteugene79 Jul 08, 2018 11:26PM PDT

correction, I just went back in to confirm and it now shows a negative adjustment for my exercise of -530 calories. So, according to MFP -instead of earning 1009 calories for a busy and hard-working day, I lost 530 calories for not doing enough. I'm set on "lightly active." If I change that setting it only adjusts the goal and the exercise adjustment remains at 23 (before) or -530 (now). To go over the actual numbers: I'm 6 foot, 180 lbs with a calorie goal of 1730 calories (weight loss goal of 1.5 lbs / week). My Apple Watch shows that I expended 1009 calories yesterday and MFP docked me 530 instead (before 15 minutes ago it awarded me 23 calories for my day, so it may just need to update and re-figure, not sure). Either way, it is clearly not correct. As a 38 year old male, my BMR is approx 1770. So, burning an additional 1009 calories I have approximately 2700. If I subtract 750 calories (for 1.5 lb/week weightloss) I should have received at least 200 calories for exercise.


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scotteugene79 Jul 08, 2018 11:26PM PDT

correction, I just went back in to confirm and it now shows a negative adjustment for my exercise of -530 calories. So, according to MFP -instead of earning 1009 calories for a busy and hard-working day, I lost 530 calories for not doing enough. I'm set on "lightly active." If I change that setting it only adjusts the goal and the exercise adjustment remains at 23 (before) or -530 (now). To go over the actual numbers: I'm 6 foot, 180 lbs with a calorie goal of 1730 calories (weight loss goal of 1.5 lbs / week). My Apple Watch shows that I expended 1009 calories yesterday and MFP docked me 530 instead (before 15 minutes ago it awarded me 23 calories for my day, so it may just need to update and re-figure, not sure). Either way, it is clearly not correct. As a 38 year old male, my BMR is approx 1770. So, burning an additional 1009 calories I have approximately 2700. If I subtract 750 calories (for 1.5 lb/week weightloss) I should have received at least 200 calories for exercise.


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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Jul 09, 2018 05:35PM PDT

scotteugene79

Thanks for following up with us. Looking at Sunday, the adjustment details certainly are off. You should be seeing a positive adjustment for 242 calories, since your MFP iOS Calories Burned is higher than the MyFitnessPal Calories Burned. Just for our clarification, when you say that your watch is showing that you burned 1009 calories from exercise, did you track any individual exercises? There aren’t any showing in the MyFitnessPal diary but I just wanted to confirm that we shouldn’t be expecting to see any. To help us troubleshoot further, please also let us know if you made ant edits or deleted any entries in Sunday’s diary.

Please also let us know what model phone & watch you are using, which versions of the operating systems they are running, and what version of the MFP app is currently installed on the phone.

If you have a minute, you might also click here to reach us via email and provide a screenshot or two so we can see what’s showing in your Activity app on the phone for Sunday.

Warm Regards,
Logan
MyFitnessPal Staff


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scotteugene79 Jul 10, 2018 11:58AM PDT

no, I didn't track exercise. I'm used to Fitbit automatically tracking my exercises, so I have been hit-or-miss these weeks with tracking exercise (almost exclusively miss...). Here are my calorie burn numbers for the past 3 days on my Apple Watch. I'm deleting any exercises that were tracked in these days so that you can look at the raw numbers and see what's up: Today (so far) 171 calories; Monday 384 calories (super low for me); Sunday 1009 calories; 740 calories. Today (so far) I've earned 32 calories; Monday 25 calories; Sunday -530 calories; Saturday -2 calories. I'll send screenshots and more info through that portal when I get a chance. Right now I'm on the go. Thanks!


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scotteugene79 Jul 10, 2018 11:59AM PDT

Sorry that should have said "Saturday 740 calories" burned.


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scotteugene79 Jul 10, 2018 12:17PM PDT

it won't let me send multiple screenshots, so which specific screen do you want to see?


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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Jul 10, 2018 02:20PM PDT

scotteugene79

Don’t worry about the screenshot. We received a few similar reports from other iPhone/Apple Watch users, and we have opened a ticket with our engineers to investigate further. We should be good with the info that you have provided and I can add a photo of your adjustment details from Sunday which shows that you should be receiving a positive adjustment. If the techs need any additional info, we’ll reach back out. We greatly appreciate you bringing this to our attention, your help with providing your calorie info, an especially your patience during this process.

Warm Regards,
Logan
MyFitnessPal Staff


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scotteugene79 Jul 10, 2018 02:36PM PDT

also, I figured out the -530 calories. When I deleted my logged exercise from Saturday (so we can see raw numbers) it changed to that. Sunday when I was fiddling around with it I had deleted the exercise. So, I think that whenever I delete a logged exercise from my diary it changes to -530.


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scotteugene79 Jul 13, 2018 06:51PM PDT

Just one more note: As I have been watching MFP: it appears the calories earned for exercise are being applied at 10% of what I've earned (always rounding up). Today when I had 457 calories from activity on my Apple Watch, MFP calculated 46 calories earned for exercise. At one point I had earned 247 calories at it applied a credit of 25 calories. Just thought that might be helpful as you all try to run down the problem.


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scotteugene79 Jul 13, 2018 06:51PM PDT

Just one more note: As I have been watching MFP: it appears the calories earned for exercise are being applied at 10% of what I've earned (always rounding up). Today when I had 457 calories from activity on my Apple Watch, MFP calculated 46 calories earned for exercise. At one point I had earned 247 calories at it applied a credit of 25 calories. Just thought that might be helpful as you all try to run down the problem.


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