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1/31/18 3:49 P

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@SP_COACH_DENISE described basically what's happening - I did some digging a while back and found that specifically, when FitBit syncs with SparkPeople, it "counts" every single calorie over your basal metabolic rate. The problem is that when calculating your daily calorie allotment, SP already has "counted" some of these calories because even if you mark that you are sedentary you are burning more than you would be if you were bedridden.

I still have FitBit synced to SP, but I ignore the suggested calorie range because it's inflated. Instead, I try to aim to eat fewer calories than FitBit says I burn for the day. No, you don't know that number until the end of the day, but having had a FitBit for many years now, I have a pretty good idea of how many calories I'll burn if I walk X amount of steps.

Of course the other option would be to manually add your exercise, or adjust your activity level on SP. You may need to just play around with it to see what works for you.

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1/31/18 1:23 P

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You aren’t required to eat that many calories.



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1/31/18 12:17 P

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I agree with everyone else- I don't have my fitbit affect my nutritional goals because I'm not working out SO much that I need to eat more food.

I handle it by letting my fitbit sync for the day and then I go in and edit (or delete) what it tracked as exercise on sparkpeople. Eg if I should've burned 200 cals on my walk, I'll reduce the tracked amount to align with that that.

You can also just manually track your exercise and not sync your fitbit to sp- whatever you prefer!

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1/31/18 11:46 A

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I don't synch my fitbit for this reason. I manually track all dedicated exercise sessions and then the daily steps I get on my fitbit are the little bit extra that allows me to typically eat at the high end of my daily suggested range.



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1/31/18 11:38 A

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Fitbit sends us your all day activity calories burned (using your most active categories that they record), so you may see a higher calorie burn from that. You may want to consider changing the setting as mentioned before so that your calorie intake numbers aren't affected by what you track in your Fitness Tracker, including what Fitbit sends us for you.

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1/31/18 8:25 A

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1/31/18 6:23 A

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In addition to what the previous poster said, make sure your fitness isn't linked to your nutrition tracker. Linked below is a SP article to learn about how to check and adjust this if you need to:

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=new
_feature_calorie_ranges_based_on_fitne
ss_tracking


Edited by: MLAN613 at: 1/31/2018 (06:25)
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1/31/18 12:15 A

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More info is needed.

Is it setup properly, etc..for your weight??

My fitbit is so sensitive, it records every bump in the road and steering correction while driving, so when wearing my fitbit, I only use it when I'm actually working out.



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1/30/18 11:42 P

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I don't know if this topic has been addressed but my Fitbit seems to be adding way too many calories to my daily allowance. I walked 8/10's of a mile/ 23 min today and the Fitbit synced with SparkPeople and added more than 700 calories to the total I could eat today! I know that can't be right! Is there a setting I am not aware of that I need to address? At this rate, my efforts to walk will be making me FATTER!!!

Thanks!

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