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Double Counting Exercise Calories? katevonr — Jan 10, 2018 11:44AM PST

If I am wear my fitbit while running and log my running workout (for which MFP shows me exercise calories burned), I also get a large calorie adjustment from fitbit. But this seems like both MFP and Fitbit are counting the same activity. For example, today I ran for 50 minutes and MFP assigned that roughly 800 calories. But the fitbit adjustment gave me another 600.

Should I NOT be wearing my fitbit during workouts to avoid double counting? I am not logging my exercise in Fitbit, simply wearing it when I run. Thank you!

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Maximiliano MyFitnessPal Agent Jan 10, 2018 12:10PM PST


Thanks for posting your question with us.

Once your accounts are linked, it’s important that you log your food and exercise only with MyFitnessPal. We will sync your food and exercise diary information to the Fitbit site for you. Logging food or exercise yourself on the Fitbit website is unnecessary, and may lead to incorrect Net Calorie Goal adjustments. For the best experience with the integration, all manual entry of Food and Exercise should take place exclusively on the MyFitnessPal site.

Please note that if you are wearing your Fitbit during the day, we recommend that you not manually log any exercise to your MyFitnessPal Exercise Diary that the Fitbit excels at tracking: this includes walking, jogging, running, climbing stairs or hills, or daily home or office activity. These will be more accurately recorded by the Fitbit and will then transfer to MyFitnessPal as part of your Fitbit Calorie Adjustment.

We recommend that you manually log to MyFitnessPal any exercise that your Fitbit’s “step-based” system will have trouble detecting accurately, such as rowing, cycling, and of course activities like swimming during which you cannot wear the device.

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