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8/22/12 3:52 P

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I too am a number freak and for years used a heart rate monitor and while yes they are more accurate, I switched to fitbit for ease and find it to be as accurate as I need it to be. You can use the same function as the "sleep" function to track a particular activity. I personally don't do that because I'm mostly worried about how active I am over a whole day, and I tend to just try to get as puffed as I can when working out properly. As far as myfitnesspal, once they're synced I would just leave it to it's own calculations to avoid double up.

and yes, the fitbit calorie adjustment is normal, it just makes sure you're not sticking to the amount set, say 1200 calories, then burning say 4000 in a day and starving yourself, it would add calories and tell you to eat more, still while keeping you on track for your goal. Oh and feel free to ask as many questions as you like as we all learn from them. The fitbit website has quite a lot of information too so you could have a nosy around there when you get a chance as well. :)

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8/22/12 9:40 A

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Amy,

FWIW: when I get or start using any "tracking" app regarding caloric burn, I wear my chest strap (nothing is more accurate!) heart rate monitor and MANUALLY OVERRIDE the calories burnt for several days. I do this for my usual activities: walking 2.5mph, walking 3mph, walking 3.5mph, walk-run, 5k training, hatha yoga, circuit training.

It's sort of a drag to bother with this but I'm a data freak. I want my data to be as real / true as possible!

If you don't have a HRM, it's a great training tool (when you learn more about HR zones!) for whatever you do -- not just "am I working hard enough" but "am I working TOO hard" or "have I recovered enough for the next set?"

As I said, I'm a freak for transparency! emoticon

I do NOT like Fitbit's logs/ tracking (sorry) but I love the DEVICE. So, I track everything on MFP and I'll use my HRM and Nike+, etc. for input data (I only do that the first say 5 or 10 times that I do an activity--after that, MFP "knows" a good guess at what I've burnt if I do circuit training for 20 minutes rather than the usual 25). Hope that makes *some* sense!

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8/22/12 2:17 A

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Thank You Adrienne!
I have another question! (and maybe more to follow... emoticon )
Okay, say i am ready to walk on my treadmill- am I supposed to press my start timer on my fitbit to record the exercise??? Or doesn't it matter?
And after I get done- do I go into the MFP site and record it there also. I believe it said something about make sure you record the start time on the MFP site so it doesn't get recorded twice?? Uh, I hate learning new things! LOL
And the fitbit calorie adjustment is a normal thing to see if you were more active than origianlly anticapated?
I'll learn, I hope!

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8/21/12 5:34 P

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myfitnesspal already takes into account your BMR so it only takes info that goes above that number by my understanding, so like my BMR is 2000 (Just for round numbers) and usually I hit 3000 calories by bed so my exercise shows up on myfitnesspal as 500 to give me the correct deficit for my weight loss goal. (I think... this is my summarising of it, someone else may know more)

I have one child Poppy born 27.11.2009

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8/21/12 5:17 P

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Just read the chat on here about My Fitness Pal and thought I'd try it out but I am confused!

I just walked 3 miles and started my fitness timer on my Fitbit. But when I go to Fitbit it shows I burned 327 calories. But when i go to My Fitness Pal it shows 253 calories burned (which is actually probably more accurate).
Am I supposed to log any exercise on My Fitness Pal or as long as I set my timer during my workout it will automatically log calories burned?
And I ONLY log food at my fitness pal, right? And it will automatically link to my fitbit account?
I think I definitely need to spend some more time reading and looking around!
Thanks!
Amy

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