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MFP calorie and activity tracker against Withings calorie tracking juliecalver — Apr 20, 2017 01:33PM PDT


I've tried to follow some of the existing explanations on the questions but it's not making sense as to what I'm seeing on my screens for my withings pulse.

Today MFP suggests I have the following:

1200 (goal) + 1616 (food) + 0 (exercise) = -416 calories (if this data was true, I'd agree with this calcuation...)
MFP has just synched with Withings and suggested there are no extra calories to add.


1) I know I have walked over 13 000 steps today and Withings suggests I have 580 calories burnt through exercise
(are these already assumed in the MFP calc - I had always assumed they weren't so exercise should be added extra through either the sync with WP or a manual adjustment on the exercise line)

2) When I look on the calorie adjustment Line, I see that the explanation given is that Withings calculate I have 1820 cals and that MFP saying I have burnt 1851 calories. It's easy to see this is only a 31 cal difference and as such should surely be presented in the above as opposed to showing a 461 negative balance on the overview on MFP? (as a side point as well, WP doesn't know what I eat so how can it assess what calories I'm intaking.. and vice versa for MFP)

So I'm somewhat baffled right now and dont know what to believe.

Should I be adding the 558 calories my withing pulse has counted for me today manually?

appreciated if someone can explain...

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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Apr 20, 2017 01:59PM PDT

Hey thanks for posting your question.

The calorie adjustment is not showing your tracked exercise calories but rather the amount by which your total calorie burn for the day has exceeded our calculation for your day to day calorie burn. This means that your adjustment line will show as 0 until you have earned the extra calories in the form of an adjustment.

As you mentioned the difference between your Withings total calorie burn and the MyFitnessPal calorie burn is -31, however, since your calorie goal is already at the recommended minimum of 1200, the program will not further reduce your calories by subtracting the 31 calories. So your adjustment is shown as 0.

So we are left with your goal 1200 minus your food 1615 = -415 remaining.

For more insight into how the calorie adjustments work, please click here

Warm Regards,
MyFitnessPal Staff

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jacalver Apr 21, 2017 12:53AM PDT

Hi Logan

sorry, no I dont follow the exercise recording bit. (although I undestand the negative adjustment to minimum calories)

My understanding is that:
MFP knows only how much I eat, not what I exercise;
WP only has what I exercise not what i eat

is this correct or not please?

From that:
are you saying that MFP already assumes a minimum exercise burn? if so, where is this set please?

Does the exercise need to be additionally added manually to the MFP tracker line despite the auto upload from WP or would that double count?

Kind Rgds

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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Apr 21, 2017 01:45PM PDT

Thanks for following up with us.

Your Withings integration sends MyFitnessPal your total calorie burn, any individually tracked exercises, and weight entries.

MyFitnessPal will send Withings your calorie intake from food broken down by meal but not the individual food entries. Although you have the option to manually log exercises in MyFitnessPal, they would not be passed on to Withings,

Yes, MyFitnessPal has calculated what we think you will burn in a day, prior to logging additional exercise, which we’ve based on your profile information and selected activity level. You’ll find this number in your calorie adjustment details. Either tap on the adjustment line in our app or click on the “i” on the adjustment line in your Exercise Diary on the website. The amount listed as the MyFitnessPal Calorie Burn is this amount. Keep in mind that you’ve logged an exercise that has been added to this number, so you will want to subtract it, or skip ahead to Tomorrow’s diary so you may view it without the additional exercise factored in.

You shouldn’t need to manually enter an exercise unless you not wearing your tracker at the time.

Warm Regards,
MyFitnessPal Staff

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