Myfitnesspal and Apple Watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Apps' started by rayjay86, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. rayjay86 macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2011
    Not sure if this counts

    I recently bought an AW2 SS and replaced my Fitbit Charge HR for fitness tracking. Very happy with everything so far.

    I've been using MFP for years with good results. I really kicked up my fitness gains (and losses) with a tracker so was keen to continue.

    My AW however gives me a very odd calorie adjustment.

    Eg if I did 10,000 steps on Fitbit, I'd get almost 200 calories back in exercise. This is moderately adjusted to exercise as well.

    With AW I'll do 10,000+ steps and it'll
    Give me at most 60 calories. Today I'm at 5000 steps and it's -15 calories plus 300 calories from a logged workout.

    I have negative calories on, but they've been like that with the Fitbit too.

    Any suggestions?
  2. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    AW doesnt care as much about steps -- it's elevated heart rate. That's what gives you more calories. You could 5000 miles and I would walk 5000 more, but if it's at a slow pace where your heart rate isn't elevated, AW won't give very much credit.
  3. rayjay86 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2011
    Thanks for that

    So when I do my workouts is it taking that into account?
    I'll get maybe 2000 steps for a workout where I've burned 250 calories (for example) so in a 10,000 step day Apple is only looking at my 8000 steps really, because it's already credited me for HR during the workout?
  4. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    When you are in Workout mode, the AW is constantly checking your HR to calculate an accurate burn. When you're not in Workout mode, the AW checks your HR every 10 minutes or so to estimate the your "resting burn."

    MFP knows the difference between steps as part of a workout and steps that part of your every day wandering around.

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