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Exercise Calories & Negative Adjustments Question momicelh — Sep 07, 2017 05:21AM PDT

I have enabled Negative Adjustments in the iOS app. In the morning, before any activity, it used to show negative calories. This would change to plus calories after I walked more than 2,000 steps (I use a Fitbit, which is connected to MFP) or exercised a certain amount. Just recently, this changed to where I am now showing positive calories when I first get up in the morning. By the end of the day, I have a lot of calories remaining due to adjustments from Fitbit. But by the next morning, when I check yesterdays Diary, I have very few left or a negative amount. This happens overnight when I'm not adding anything to the Diary or exercising. I'm wondering why these things are happening all of a sudden, and what may be causing it?

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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Sep 07, 2017 09:13AM PDT

Thanks for posting and sorry for any trouble. 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.

Warm Regards,
MyFitnessPal Staff

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momicelh Sep 10, 2017 05:16PM PDT

I do wear my tracker all day, and sync it often. I understand how this is all supposed to work. I am not confused about that.

My questions were why there are all of a sudden so many exercise calories earned in the morning before I really have done any exercising, and why the calories remaining change so much overnight when checking yesterdays diary. This second problem has stopped occuring, so maybe it was a temporary glitch. However, I'm still seeing a lot of exercised earned (Fitbit Tracker calorie adjustment energy burned) a lot early in the day, than I used to, when I haven't really walked that much. Is this a glitch. Or has the way this adjustment is being figured changed?

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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Sep 10, 2017 05:50PM PDT

Thanks for following up with us. Please check your time zone settings in both, making sure that they are matching and correct for your current location. We are current showing that they are not.

Warm Regards,
MyFitnessPal Staff

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momicelh Sep 13, 2017 06:09AM PDT

Thank you. The time zone was incorrect. I was traveling, set it to the time zone I was in, and didn't set it back when I got home. I changed it, and now am getting the correct calorie adjustments.

Any chance that an automatic time zone setting could be added, so you don't have to change it manually?

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