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Possible to only sync workouts and disable step calorie adjustments? Pat3k — Jul 17, 2017 04:57AM PDT

Right now I have the problem that MFP takes all my workouts, and additionally ALL the steps from Google Fit which of course results in double entries for certain activities and in turn a false calorie summary.
If I disable steps in the app MFP syncs nothing at all anymore. At the end of the day I usually manually delete the "MFP Android Google calorie adjustment" entry on the website, but that's pretty tiresome.

My setup is a little bit convoluted. I use the Mi Band 2 and the app "Notify & Fitness for Mi Band" which syncs steps and activity to Google Fit, which then syncs to MFP.

Tl;dr: I want all my workouts from Google Fit to sync with MFP automatically excluding the total step count. Any ideas?

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Maximiliano MyFitnessPal Agent Jul 17, 2017 11:46AM PDT


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Pat3k Jul 18, 2017 12:51AM PDT

No Problem with at least 1500 or eating back exercise. I don't want nutritional goals to remain static either.
But here is an example:

Imagine I sit on my butt literally all day and eat exactly 1500 calories. In the evening I decide to go running for 500 (calculated for weight, age, bpm etc) calories. Now MFP tells me I burned 800 calories (which is another thing and yes I read the explanations before), creates an entry in the dairy AND counts the same steps for another ~800 calories under Google fit calorie adjustments. DOUBLE entry is the issue here.
The app doesn't bother me if I don't move all day and eat 1500 calories, but if I do some exercise it wants me to eat back DOUBLE the calories, and that's a feature not a bug? Especially problematic because I do cardio every day.

So with premium, I can disable step counting and sync my activity (running, biking, etc) automatically from Google Fit?

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Maximiliano MyFitnessPal Agent Jul 18, 2017 12:39PM PDT

Thanks for getting back in touch with us.

So with premium, you can disable step counting and all other exercise from affecting your daily calorie goal. This is kind of an all or nothing switch, you cannot sync either or.

After looking into the status of your account, I am not seeing any adjustment from steps in your diary, however I am seeing cardio exercises added, without duplication. if you are doing step based exercise you may want to let the watch track this as “Steps” and not an exercise to see if this helps.

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