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Exercise calories not adjusting properly when switched from Fitbit to Apple Watch my_life_as_mama — Nov 10, 2017 12:52PM PST

I've been using MFP for about 3 months now and (up until today) been using it paired with my Fitbit to track my steps and give me my exercise calorie adjustment.
On an average day I would walk around 10,000 steps and it would give me an exercise adjustment of around 400-500 calories. The amount of calories earned was consistent with the number of steps each day.
I have just bought an Apple Watch and used it for the first time today, I have tracked over 12,000 steps on MFP however it has only given me 196 calories for exercise.
I have no idea why MFP is now giving me a significantly reduced figure when the amount of steps is roughly the same, in fact today it has been higher.
I have read several forum threads on here to try and understand how the exercise calories are calculated but I'm afraid I simply can't make heads or tails of the answers given by the MFP agents, it's so over complicated I have no idea what the answer is.
Please could someone explain (in plain English) why this might be happening and whether it is correct or if it is a problem. It's a massive shock to go from having over 500 calories in my exercise adjustment to less than 200 for the same steps and the same effort.
Many thanks in advance.

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Maximiliano MyFitnessPal Agent Nov 10, 2017 01:04PM PST

Hello,

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, they are just that, different programs. In such, there may be a difference between the information, as each program will use different databases and different plans.

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: https://myfitnesspal.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/410332-how-does-myfitnesspal-calculate-my-initial-goals-

For understanding how the adjustment translates between the programs, please see:
https://myfitnesspal.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/1084232-what-is-the-calorie-adjustment-in-my-exercise-diary

We hope this helps, but if you have any additional problems or questions, please let us know. In the meantime, thank you so much for using the program. We wish you all the success in reaching and maintaining all of your health and fitness goals.

All the best,
Maximiliano
MyFitnessPal Staff

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