Activity App Quest: Calorie Tracking at Night

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by midloman, May 2, 2015.

  1. midloman macrumors regular

    midloman

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    I'm contemplating pulling the trigger for an Apple Watch to replace the trackers I've accumulated over time. Being alerted to notifications is pretty important to me, and I'm tired of either feeling the notification but only for some things, or getting alerted for everything but never feeling the notification.

    I know the Activity App tracks your calorie burn during the day. I also know the Apple Watch is not a "sleep tracker" and I'm not that interested in that. What I would like to know is does the watch assume your calorie burn is your BMR for the time the watch is not on your wrist (sleeping/charging)?

    If I put my watch on the charger at midnight and go to sleep, wake up and put it on my wrist at 7 AM, and my BMR is 100 cal/hr, at 7 AM will the activity app show 700 calories burned or 0 calories burned?

    Thanks.
     
  2. max-man macrumors newbie

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    It equates for your resting calories. So when you put it on at 7am, you will start at 0 active calories and "700" resting calories. The watch uses your age, weight,height etc to determine your resting calories. and then slowly they increase through the day. You do not set this, the watch does and you cannot change it. so the calories you see in the activity dial are all active calories. but in the app on the phone you can see Active, resting and total calories.
     
  3. dandrewk macrumors 6502

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    Yes, that is correct. The resting calories accrue at an established rate based on your BMI. This may change a bit over time as your actual resting heart rate is determined, but the changes are small and not in the user's control, unless you change some of the BMI parameters (e.g. if you lost some weight).

    It's a straight line progression. Some users are perplexed when they see "resting calories" in their workout summaries when they've been running the entire time.
     
  4. midloman thread starter macrumors regular

    midloman

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    Perfect! Thanks to both of you for the reply!

    Sounds like I'll be perfectly fine with the way this works. I'll probably make one more visit to the Apple store to settle on which one (probably Sport Space Gray) and then I'll place the order.

    One more thing: I've been reading posts about problems in calculating calories (most of them may be from one person) for the Apple Watch. Have you all had any issues or concerns.


    Thanks again for your answers!
     

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