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Dont Track Steps kap0902 — Jul 02, 2019 12:14AM PDT

If I cycle and track this activity on a Polar Vantage watch I always change to 'Don't track steps' in the MFP APP so that the steps tracker doesn't record the any movement when on the bike. I then Sync and the bike activity is recorded. Once this is done a then reconnect the step tracker link from MFP to Polar.
The next sync however then loads all the steps (movement) during biking..so yesterday I had 2 hrs of biking and 33000 steps giving me a massive inaccurate calorie account.
Should I wait to connect once into a new day ?
Any idea's please?

Thanks
Keith

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Best Answer Jul 02, 2019 01:40PM PDT Logan

Hey thanks for posting your question. When using the Polar integration, they will send over your step count, total calorie burn for the day, and any individually tracked exercises. Since Polar does your total calorie calculation, when you turn on Step Tracking it’s going to send your total calorie burn the next time that it syncs, not just the calorie burn for the steps that you’ve taken since turning it back on.

For yesterday, July 1st, we show:
- 32,355 steps
- 4056 calories burned as of 11:59 pm
- 2 hours of cycling, broken down into 2 individually tracked exercises, with a combined calorie burn of 803 calories.

Does this match the amounts shown in your Polar app? If so the math on the adjustment seems accurate on our end.

When calculating your calorie adjustment, we compare your tracked total calorie burn from Polar with what we originally calculated that you would burn in a day, based on your profile info. If the Polar amount is higher, you will receive the extra calories in the form of a calorie adjustment.

It gets a little more complicated when individually tracked exercises are added. When individual exercises are logged, two things happen. First you will notice that you instantly receive credit for burning those exercise calories in your Calories Remaining Summary. Second, in your calorie adjustment calculation, that same amount is added to the MyFitnessPal calorie burn, effectively offsetting it from your total calorie burn from Polar so you do not get credit for those calories twice (since they’ve already been counted in your Calories Remaining Summary).

Without any tracked exercises the adjustment calculation looks like this.
Total calories from Polar = A
Total MyFitnessPal calories = B
Calorie adjustment = A – B

When individual exercises are logged, you’ll see the exercise calories © in your Calories Remaining Summary right away and your adjustment details will look like this.

Total calories from Polar = A
Total MyFitnessPal calories = B + C
Calorie Adjustment = A – (B + C)

In your Diary you will have line items for the individual exercise(s) plus one for your calorie adjustment, and you should see the sum of these as the Exercise amount in your Calories Remaining Summary.

Warm Regards,
Logan
MyFitnessPal Staff


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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Best Answer Best Answer Jul 02, 2019 01:40PM PDT

Hey thanks for posting your question. When using the Polar integration, they will send over your step count, total calorie burn for the day, and any individually tracked exercises. Since Polar does your total calorie calculation, when you turn on Step Tracking it’s going to send your total calorie burn the next time that it syncs, not just the calorie burn for the steps that you’ve taken since turning it back on.

For yesterday, July 1st, we show:
- 32,355 steps
- 4056 calories burned as of 11:59 pm
- 2 hours of cycling, broken down into 2 individually tracked exercises, with a combined calorie burn of 803 calories.

Does this match the amounts shown in your Polar app? If so the math on the adjustment seems accurate on our end.

When calculating your calorie adjustment, we compare your tracked total calorie burn from Polar with what we originally calculated that you would burn in a day, based on your profile info. If the Polar amount is higher, you will receive the extra calories in the form of a calorie adjustment.

It gets a little more complicated when individually tracked exercises are added. When individual exercises are logged, two things happen. First you will notice that you instantly receive credit for burning those exercise calories in your Calories Remaining Summary. Second, in your calorie adjustment calculation, that same amount is added to the MyFitnessPal calorie burn, effectively offsetting it from your total calorie burn from Polar so you do not get credit for those calories twice (since they’ve already been counted in your Calories Remaining Summary).

Without any tracked exercises the adjustment calculation looks like this.
Total calories from Polar = A
Total MyFitnessPal calories = B
Calorie adjustment = A – B

When individual exercises are logged, you’ll see the exercise calories © in your Calories Remaining Summary right away and your adjustment details will look like this.

Total calories from Polar = A
Total MyFitnessPal calories = B + C
Calorie Adjustment = A – (B + C)

In your Diary you will have line items for the individual exercise(s) plus one for your calorie adjustment, and you should see the sum of these as the Exercise amount in your Calories Remaining Summary.

Warm Regards,
Logan
MyFitnessPal Staff


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kap0902 Jul 10, 2019 01:49PM PDT

Hi.
The figures are ok, just checking that between the apps it is working out the fact that while cycling it’s also counting steps because of movement and adjusting. Seems an awful lot of calories burned. 900 plus on cycling plus 1032 steps. I’ll just continue and trust it.


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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Jul 11, 2019 02:51PM PDT

kap0902

Thanks for following up with us. Yep, that’s why we deduct the cycling exercise from the total calorie burn so you don’t get credit for those calories twice.

Warm Regards,
Logan
MyFitnessPal Staff


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