Inconsistient MyFitnessPal steps adjustment?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by anez, May 27, 2015.

  1. anez macrumors 6502

    anez

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    Is anyone else using MyFitnessPal and noticing some weird behaviour regards calorie credit being inconsistiently applied when it comes to steps?

    Sometimes fewer steps mean more calorie credit added (8723s = 188c on one day and 9557s = 144c on another), and sometimes they are added, but no calories are added to my allowed total. Yesterday I had 6980 steps under "Steps Calorie Adjustment", but it's listed as 0 calories credited.

    Anyone else having the same problems or know how to fix it? I also have a weird problem where my Watch is listed twice under devices, and my steps are being credited as "iPhone steps" despite being pretty sure they're actually coming from the Watch.

    Is this app all messed up for anybody else, or is it just me?
     
  2. matty.p macrumors 6502

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    I may be wrong but it may be looking at your active calories and resting calories from your watch rather than just steps?
     
  3. Chundles macrumors G4

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    MFP has been doubling my steps every time I open the app. It's got so bad I've turned off step counting all together.
     
  4. anez thread starter macrumors 6502

    anez

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    Possibly, but I don't see how that would solve the problem where it would lift the step count for two consecutive days where one was higher than the other, but attribute more calories to the day with fewer steps. Maybe on those days I did them faster and burned more calories? I don't know.

    Workouts are clearly marked separately, though.
     
  5. redrog macrumors 6502

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    I migrated from a Fitbit, and it the behaviour is very different. I get no negative adjustments now and the positive adjustments I do get seem smaller than with the Fitbit.

    Other annoyances include the adjustment switching from number of steps to MFP iOS adjustments for no apparent reason and the step count on my diary differing from that on the home screen because it sometimes takes ages to sync properly.

    Which all means I'm eating less, which is a good thing right? :confused:
     
  6. Hillshock macrumors member

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    MFP has been doing all sorts of strange things since the last update, which was before I got my Apple Watch, so I think it is not related to the watch.
     
  7. anez thread starter macrumors 6502

    anez

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    More problems today, where some of my exercise isn't registering at all.

    This is beginning to become irritating.
     
  8. anez thread starter macrumors 6502

    anez

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    Update for anyone happening across this thread in search of solutions:

    Managed to fix the problem of the MFP app not counting workouts by uninstalling, reinstalling, and then going into the MFP app settings (since it wasn't showing in Health) and selecting Apple Healthkit as an app/device and enabling all the sharing options.

    Reliability/connections between the Watch and the MFP app is very shaky, so I'm really hoping the next MFP update addresses it.
     
  9. Mooch55 macrumors member

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    This is a shame to here. Using MFP and a Fitbit I lost about 50 pounds last year, and was hoping it would play well with my (soon to be delivered) Apple Watch.
     
  10. anez, May 28, 2015
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    anez thread starter macrumors 6502

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    From the MFP forums, apparently the most recent update has caused some problems and they're trying to push through a patch (24/5) that's gone off to the people for testing, but it will take a while for it to be approved, tweaked, and published.

    Hopefully in the next week or two we'll have something more reliable?

    Until then, the Watch itself does a really good job of tracking active calories. You'll just need to input the data manually via the MFP app or website if it doesn't auto-populate. It won't stop you from continuing on with your good work, it just won't flow as seamlessly as you might like.

    Well done on your fitness goals, though! I hope your Watch helps you stay motivated; I know the whole "circle filling" thing has definitely given me a little kick up the backside. ;)

    EDIT: anddd my workouts have stopped appearing again. I think it's mostly the app that's unstable, at this point, or there's a problem with my Health app (which also refuses to read Resting Calories from the Watch). Will keep my fingers crossed for an update, but if there's a permanent fix until then, I can't find it.
     

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