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Stop having steps add additional available calories davidschantz — Jun 11, 2019 08:13AM PDT

I've read in previous forum posts that there was a way for premium users to disable MFP from adding extra available calories based on steps... Any chance you'd tell us how?

It defeats the purpose of me walking/running to just have the app "reward" me with more calories. I'm using this app... I obviously have a problem with the way I manage food, if the app gives me calories... I will use them. That's not what I want. I exercise, walk, etc as an additional way to lose weight, and having the calories added right back on completely defeats this.

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Jun 11, 2019 08:28AM PDT

Hi there,

With Premium, you can modify the effects of logging cardio exercise. This can be helpful, for example, to those who must not consume more than a certain amount of carbs per day, or who may wish to distribute their exercise calories across fat, carbs and protein for specific dietary or performance goals. With a Premium subscription:

In Android and iOS, visit the “Goals” Screen and tap “Exercise Calories”
On the Web, click “My Home” then “Goals” then click “Edit” in the “Fitness” area

Then, turn exercise calories to “Off” if you want your nutritional goals to remain static when you add cardio exercise.

Or leave, exercise calorie “on,” but select “Custom percentage” and modify the ratio of carbs, protein and fat added back to your goals when you work out!

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions or feedback.


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FifiLaPhue Jun 17, 2019 04:20AM PDT

This is nonsense and should not be only able to be rectified by being a Premium Member.

What the heck is the purpose of being assigned a particular number of calories to eat in each day, and then having that number increased because of exercise? It defeats the entire purpose of the exercise because you merely eat your loss back on! This is not something that should be a default setting on this app. Only people seeing to Gain or Maintain can find any true value in it. Please remove it and don't force me to pay $19.99 a month to get it off.

To Bruce: "This can be helpful, for example, to those who must not consume more than a certain amount of carbs per day,.."

MOST OF US HERE WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT!~ so Captain Obvious, we MUST NOT CONSUME more than a certain amount of carbs/calories/fats per day. We don't want the gift that keeps on giving by adding calories at a time when we are trying to develop new habits.
This morning when I opened my App, I see that I have already 'earned' an extra calorie! Thanks for nothing.

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Jun 17, 2019 10:31AM PDT

Hi FifiLaPhue

When you create your profile, we ask you for your age, height, weight, gender, and normal daily activity level. We use these factors to determine the calories required to maintain your current weight. We also ask how much weight you would like to lose or gain per week, and with this goal in mind we subtract calories (for weight loss) or add calories (for weight gain) to determine your daily calorie and nutrient goals.
Because your daily calorie goal already accounts for your intent to gain or lose weight at a particular rate, you can achieve your goal by eating the specified number of calories per day, with no additional exercise required. If you do exercise, your daily calorie goal will then increase for the day, to stabilize your weight loss or weight gain at the rate you initially specified.

We set your daily calorie goal in Net Calories which we define as:

Calories Consumed (Food) – Calories Burned (Exercise) = Net Calories

This means if you exercise, you will be able to eat more for that day. For example, if your Net Calorie goal is 2000 calories, one way to meet that goal is to eat 2,500 calories of food, but then burn 500 calories through exercise.

Think of your Net Calories like a daily budget of calories to spend. You spend them by eating, and you earn more calories to eat by exercising. We do not recommend women consume fewer than 1200 calories per day, or men fewer than 1500 calories per day. Eating too little can produce negative health effects.

All the best,

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