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FTSOLK Posts: 1,392
10/2/13 4:44 P

I thought the purpose of the new adjustments was that your calorie goals will adjust depending on how active you are.

I told Sparkpeople that I am "active." Sparkpeople says that I burn approximately 2,600 calories a day. This matches up pretty well with my Fitbit average of 2,400-2,600 calories per day burned.

Yet, when I have my fitbit synced to Sparkpeople, Sparkpeople will give me enough extra exercise calories that I'll end up with a calorie range to eat almost as (if not more than) my Fitbit burn- at the LOW end of my Sparkpeople ranges.

The numbers aren't much better if I tell Sparkpeople I'm sedentary- which I shouldn't hae to do. I should be able to tell Sparkpeople that I am active and have the site adjust if I go beyond their projection. The way Sparkpeople figures the Fitbit adjustment doesn't make sense. I understand the concept of your calorie goal adjusting based on activity, but the Fitbit adjustment is clearly flawed.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,392
10/2/13 2:18 P

The LOW end of my range is still my entire calorie burn for the day. Why does Sparkpeople tell me to eat so many extra calories if I told Sparkpeople I want to lose 2 pounds per week? It doesn't make any sense!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,457
10/2/13 2:07 P

This is the method we use to calculate your calorie range if you've turned on the communication between your fitness tracker and calorie range:

I don't think this method is something that's going to change, so you'll need to figure out the way that works best for you. Perhaps eating towards the low end of the recommended range would work if the upper end seems to high.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

FTSOLK Posts: 1,392
10/2/13 10:49 A

My baseline for activity is that I am "Active" which gives me a range of approximately 1,380-1,730 calories a day with a goal to lose 2 pounds per week.

On Saturday, my Fitbit adjustment got me to 2,227-2,577 calories. Fitbit said I burned 2,475 calories.

On Friday, Sparkpeople said I could eat 2,570-2,920 calories. Fitbit said I burned 2,794 calories.

Obviously, this is nowhere near being accurate! I shouldn't be eating the same amount that I burned. I love how MyFitnessPal will take the difference between their projected burn and Fitbit's burn and use that as the exercise calories. Sparkpeople's method doesn't make any sense. It gives me way too many extra calories. I would love to have my range adjust when I go above and beyond my normal activity, but right now, I can't even do normal activity without getting a huge influx of calories. And since my "normal" activity and workouts are often intertwined (ie: going on a mile walk to and from the grocery store) it's hard to separate the two.

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