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Walk or iPhone Steps? joelnave — Jun 06, 2018 04:48PM PDT

I walked for 31 minutes today at 3.5 mph which burns 158 calories if I select from exercises. I have my iPhone counting steps in the app which counted 4,541 steps for the walk and adjusted my calories by 67 calories. Isn't this double dipping? I like that my steps are being counted, but if inputting an exercise is doubling up on calories that isn't good.

What are you all doing? Adding a Walking exercise, letting the app count steps, or both?

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Jun 07, 2018 06:40AM PDT

Hi there,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We recommend that you not manually log any exercise to your MyFitnessPal Exercise Diary that the steps tracker 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 steps tracker and will then transfer to MyFitnessPal as part of your Calorie Adjustment.

We recommend that you manually log to MyFitnessPal any exercise that your steps tracker’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.

If you do add in an exercise, your adjustment from steps tracker will modify itself to make sure calories aren’t counted twice.

We hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any other problems or questions. We wish you all the success in reaching and maintaining all of your diet and fitness goals.

All the best,

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