"Is anyone else having this problem? Or know how to fix it?
Fitbit as we all know doesn't always pick up all calories burned when doing things like stationery bike, etc. But when I tried to manually add the difference in SparkPeople it didn't sync over to FitBit's website. So I manually added the activity to the FitBit site and instead of adding to the calories burned it subtracted them. Is there a way to ADD calories burned to the FitBit site? I tried entering the number as a negative (silly I know) but it wouldn't take. Anyone know? Thanks :-)"
Re this question: When you manually log an activity on fitbit the calorie burn you log replaces the fitbit calorie burn. This can decrease your total calorie burn or increase it--depending on whether you are replacing it with a bigger or smaller calorie burn. So it sounds like the calorie burn for the activity you chose (whatever source) was lower than what the fitbit credited you for. One mistake people sometimes make is logging a calorie burn that excludes bmr, the number you want is a total including bmr because the fitbit data it replaces includes a portion of your bmr for that minute, hour, whatever duration in time. So if you are using a source that is excluding bmr or subtracting it yourself, that may be why. I use to subtract bmr from my heart rate monitor burn when I use to log exercise to Spark, but not when I log to fitbit for this reason. If you log, be sure and enter the distance cycled as that gives it some clue to the intensity (if you haven't because logging it at a lower intensity can result in a lower calorie burn). But it should only subtract if the calorie burn you are logging is lower than what fitbit already credited you for. That is why people can use logging to correct when they are over credited for an activity like driving.
Not this post, but my earlier post was referring to the specific activities i.e. if you log cycling or weight lifting, etc the logged activity itself doesn't come over to spark. It doesn't transfer to any of the other sites that can link with fitbit either. What does come over to spark is your very active and fairly active activity minutes. The other nutrition tracking sites don't take fitness minutes but credit you with a calorie burn overage beyond whatever they estimate you should burn outside exercise. (I've tried all three nutrition tracking sites that can link with fitbit for at least a month each). I don't think there is a way to get the specific activities as none of the sites use it. It is actually the non-fitbit site that determines what fitbit data they use in the sync so they are all slightly different. So that is really a request to make to Spark directly.
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