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nightly calorie recalculation johnsonweider5451 — Aug 07, 2018 05:51AM PDT

I have MFP synced to my Polar M600 and I allow my exercise calories to adjust my calorie total. For the last week or so, every night before bed, I make sure MTP and the Polar sync and I have green (positive) calories for the day when I finish my diary. When I get up in the morning, the two auto-sync and I lose 90-130 or so exercise calories from the previous day, sending the previous day into red, and gain a similar amount of exercise calories on the new day that's just started. How can I stop this from happening every night? I've checked my time settings and everything seems fine there.

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Aug 07, 2018 08:29AM PDT

Hi there,

Thank you for contacting us regarding your adjustments. We apologize for any confusion coming from your calorie adjustments changing overnight. When your MFP account is partnered with an all day activity tracker you will receive adjustments based off a projection of what your total daily calorie burn will be.

This estimation is based on how active you have been from midnight up to your most recent sync between the apps. Because 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.

Depending on when the app syncs with MyFitnessPal, this goal may also 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.

In order to minimize impact of the this, we recommend you sync your all day tracker before each meal you consume so you can have the most accurate adjustments. We are not in charge of this data since it originates from your partner device, we can only post the data as it is sent to us.

Details about the calculation of any adjustment can be viewed by clicking on the “i” next to the Calorie Adjustment line in your Exercise Diary (on the full website), or by tapping the adjustment itself in the Exercise Diary in the MyFitnessPal app. If you do not see a line that says Calorie 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.

We hope this better explains the Calorie Adjustment, but if not, and you still feel there is a problem, please let us know.

For more information on troubleshooting your apps integration, please visit the following link:

All the best,

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johnsonweider5451 Aug 07, 2018 09:02AM PDT

Thanks, this is helpful. So does this mean that on days when I exercise a lot first thing in the morning, I should expect the calorie projection to be much more inflated as compared to days when I exercise in the afternoon?

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Aug 07, 2018 09:32AM PDT

Yes, exercising a lot first thing in the morning will give you a more inflated adjustment that will gradually decrease throughout the rest of the day. We are definitely consider other options for how the partner sync works to avoid these types of inflations and the decrease that cab happens over night.

You can also view the current total Calorie burn that has synced from your partner by viewing the adjustment details.

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


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