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Fitbit calorie recommendations vs. Spark calorie recommendations...

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I love my fitbit. I start the day with my setting at "sedentary" so before getting out of bed it tells me I can eat about 1200 calories that day.
As I move... walk up and down stairs, exercise, go about my daily activities... it gives me more calories based on what I have burned! awesome, right?
Spark is a calorie range that is set in stone. They almost never sync up.
So which one is more accurate? What do I do when I have met my calorie goal for Spark (at the low end) but Fitbit tell me I can still eat 800 more calories?!?!
For now I am going to try sticking (for the most part) at the higher end of my Spark recommendations and seeing how it goes.
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  • BAKER1009
    Well the difference is, FitBit is basing this one your actual calorie burn (or very close to it) and Spark is basing yours on data entered.

    I spent $100 on my FitBit and it might as well be collecting dust as lazy as I've been. Ugh.
    1812 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    I keep dreaming about a Fitbit but haven't purchased one yet. I have a New Balance that just counts my steps each day and I really have to hustle to get in over 8000. Somewhere I read that Spark based the recommended calories on the fitness plan or estimated calorie burn plus our weight and other numbers that we entered when we started the program. Sounds like you are doing a terrific job and burning lots of calories. emoticon
    1813 days ago
    I think it depends on how many calories you are burning through exercise. On days when I do long bike rides, I need to eat more calories than Sparkpeople recommends because I need the calories to make it through the ride. I use my fitness pal and Endomondo these days for tracking. Like Fitbit, it adds calories burned to the allowed food amount. If I burn more than 500 calories biking, I am going to eat more.
    1814 days ago
    I love my fitbit too. I don't use the calorie recommendations though. I follow sp. WTG on steps.
    Woo hoo. emoticon
    1814 days ago
    I have mine set on the sedimentary setting, too, but have not been checking it! I need to start paying better attention. I do like the way it adapts to what you do during the day and adjusts accordingly.
    1814 days ago
    I use yet a third recommendation, myfitnesspal, which I have synced to my fitbit, so I get the fitbit activity added into that recommendation. Usually, but not always, that number falls within my SparkPeople goal, but I'm not that active most days...
    1814 days ago
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