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The new tracker, and thank you

Saturday, July 20, 2013

First, thank you for the kind comments on my last couple of blogs. I appreciate the support. It's nice to be able to come here and get a few cyber-hugs and such.

I switched to the new calorie tracker and what I've noticed for me is that with my current weight and by using the Fitbit to automatically sync my exercise minutes and calories burned, I need to eat at the low end of my given range each day just to maintain. If I were to eat toward the higher end I'd have serious surpluses. Here are some numbers for the last 5 days:

Fitbit's calories burned: 1604
SP range based on Fitbit: 1,639 - 1,989

Fitbit's calories burned: 1500
SP range based on Fitbit: 1,525 - 1,875

Fitbit's calories burned: 1706
SP range based on Fitbit: 1,731 - 2,081

Fitbit's calories burned: 1619
SP range based on Fitbit: 1,667 - 2,017

Fitbit's calories burned: 1668
SP range based on Fitbit: 1,694 - 2,044

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GETFIT2LIVE 7/22/2013 1:28PM

    These devices are definitely not 100% accurate, but they at least give us a general idea of what our bodies are doing so we can figure things out more easily. I find that I need to stick toward the lower end of my range as well to maintain my loss; I do like the new tracker adjusting based on my activity, though.

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AZMOM1 7/20/2013 3:39PM

    Interesting . . . I guess we all have to experiment to some degree to find out what works for us . . .

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CASSIECAT 7/20/2013 2:44PM

    My hunch is that Fitbit underestimates, for me, a little bit. I used to have a Body Media device, and after a couple of years of that I think it overestimated my calories burned. My Fitbit is lower than those numbers, so I think my true calories burned each day is a tad higher than what Fitbit reports. Nonetheless, I know for me that SP's ranges are too high based on the data I'm giving it.

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JEP923 7/20/2013 2:41PM

    I've seen other people talking about there being a serious difference in what FitBit is saying and what SP is estimating for calories as a result. Let us know how that works out!

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