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Strange values when synchronising MFP with Garmin Connect klemenoslaj1991 — Jun 24, 2019 11:56AM PDT

Garmin Connect logs my workout and my overall movement to the MFP and MFP does some calculation adjustments accordingly.

So far so good. However the calculations between MFP and Garmin Connect are different. I don't mean 100 calories different...500+ calories different, which is definetly not ok.

Currently I still follow MFP, but I wonder who is more accurate in this.
I as well wonder if maybe there are some sync problems between the two as well, since MFP Goal is 1990 calories, while Garmin Goal is 2240 calories.

MFP info(calories):
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Goal: 1,990
Food: 2,500
Exercise: 493
Remaining: -17 (ups :D)

Garmin Connect(calories):
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Goal: 2,240
Consumed: 2,500 (Food in MFP)
Active: 771 (Exercise in MFP) (Why different than MFP)
Remaining: 511 (woot :O)

Can someone please explain what is going on with my data?

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Best Answer Jun 24, 2019 12:46PM PDT Logan

Hello,

Thank you for contacting us with your questions. The calorie goals do not sync between the apps, so each does their own calculations. So one would expect them to be different. MFP estimates your daily calorie burn based on your profile information and then factors in whether you are trying to gain weight, lose weight, or maintain. If you are trying to lose weight your initial calorie goal will already include a calorie deficit, so you could achieve your goal without logging any additional exercise. If Garmin is showing you your base calorie expenditure without a deficit, that could explain a variation in the hundreds of calories.

Regarding the calorie adjustments:

Your Garmin is sending MFP your total calorie burn and any logged exercises. We show a sync at 9:15 pm with a total calorie burn of 2728 calories along with a strength training exercise burning 192 calories.

In order to see a positive adjustment your total calorie burn from Garmin, must be higher than what we originally estimated that you would burn in a day (based on your profile info). When you add an individual exercise entry, you’ll notice that you are instantly getting credit for the exercise’s calorie burn in your calories remaining summary. In your adjustment detail it gets added to the MyFitnessPal number, reducing your Garmin calorie adjustment by the amount of your individual exercise entry, to avoid receiving double credit for the activity. If this makes the MyFitnessPal number greater the adjustment will go back to 0 until the Garmin number once again passes it.

Kind Regards,
Logan
MyFitnessPal Staff


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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Best Answer Best Answer Jun 24, 2019 12:46PM PDT

Hello,

Thank you for contacting us with your questions. The calorie goals do not sync between the apps, so each does their own calculations. So one would expect them to be different. MFP estimates your daily calorie burn based on your profile information and then factors in whether you are trying to gain weight, lose weight, or maintain. If you are trying to lose weight your initial calorie goal will already include a calorie deficit, so you could achieve your goal without logging any additional exercise. If Garmin is showing you your base calorie expenditure without a deficit, that could explain a variation in the hundreds of calories.

Regarding the calorie adjustments:

Your Garmin is sending MFP your total calorie burn and any logged exercises. We show a sync at 9:15 pm with a total calorie burn of 2728 calories along with a strength training exercise burning 192 calories.

In order to see a positive adjustment your total calorie burn from Garmin, must be higher than what we originally estimated that you would burn in a day (based on your profile info). When you add an individual exercise entry, you’ll notice that you are instantly getting credit for the exercise’s calorie burn in your calories remaining summary. In your adjustment detail it gets added to the MyFitnessPal number, reducing your Garmin calorie adjustment by the amount of your individual exercise entry, to avoid receiving double credit for the activity. If this makes the MyFitnessPal number greater the adjustment will go back to 0 until the Garmin number once again passes it.

Kind Regards,
Logan
MyFitnessPal Staff


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klemenoslaj1991 Jun 25, 2019 06:02AM PDT

Thanks for your explanation. While complex it does makes sense.

Thanks a lot.


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