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changing from fitbit to garmin danianya — Jul 14, 2017 06:23AM PDT


I have changed from a fitbit blaze to a garmin fr235. The fitbit always gave me calories for walking however doing the same amount of steps with the Garmin is so far giving me a negative number. Yesterday doing over 25000 earned me 7 calories? Doesn't exactly inspire me to get up and move?? Does anyone know why it does this cheers

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Ripley MyFitnessPal Agent Jul 15, 2017 03:01PM PDT

Hi danianya,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Our apologies for any difference you are seeing between your remaining goals across the two platforms. Though we integrate with several different programs, there may be a difference between the information, as each program will use different databases and equations.

The best way to help reduce the difference is to make sure your standard information, such as your height, birthday, weight, weight loss/gain goals, and time zones are the same on both platforms.

When you join MyFitnessPal we ask you to elect your specific weight loss/gain goals. We then provide specific goals, determined by our program plan, for you to meet those goals. When you link with another partner, we are merely pulling over the exercise information from that partner to work with these same goals. Since there are many different approaches for weight loss, other programs may use a different formula than ours, however that formula does not transfer to our program, just the information from the exercise will.

We are not sure of how other programs determine their goals, but we have designed a program to help with healthy and sustainable weight loss. To read more on how we calculate your goals, please see:

For understanding how the adjustment translates between the programs, please see:


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