Resting calories in iOS 9 Activity App

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  1. midloman macrumors regular

    midloman

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    So, here's the deal.

    I'm 5' 10". Weight is 295. I'm 54 years old. Male.

    I thought my resting calories were way off in iOs 8.xx and Watch OS 1.0.1. Others were having this issue, and I saw reports saying it was fixed in the new software.

    The watch captures active calories and sends the info to the Activity App. I ASSUME the Activity app on the iPhone calculates the resting calories from your personal data (height, weight, age).

    In iOS 9, resting calories is gone but total calories is there. Resting calories should be Total - Active.

    Yesterday, I had 516 active calories for the day (I know, not much). My TOTAL calories for the day shows as:

    4,712 calories!!!!!

    That puts resting calories at: 4,196 calories!!!!??!

    Can someone point me to a calorie calculator somewhere, anywhere, that comes up with a number like this??

    I'm not sure where to go next. In the past, folks had talked to Apple and been told they were working on it. Is this working on it?

    Am I mistaken in assuming the watch has no part in the resting calorie calculation? If Watch OS2 fixes this, then I guess my assumption is wrong. But right now, I don't know.

    Can anyone shed any light on this? Thanks.
     
  2. BlueMoon63, Sep 18, 2015
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  3. BlueMoon63, Sep 18, 2015
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    BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    I think you have a few things mixed up. Resting calories are the basic, minimum calories for you to maintain your weight based on age, sex, weight and height called BMR. Apple fixed the calorie problem in the activity app and removed resting calories and now show active calories and total calories at that point in time during the day. At midnight, subtract your total calories from active and you will get your resting calories for you health information mentioned above. This was fixed in the first beta for iOS 9. If you have iOS 9 it is fixed and you won't have resting calories listed in the activity app under move - slide right.

    I would guess you resting calories is somewhere around 3000 or maybe more but there are formulas everywhere to get rough estimates. If you entered your information in the watch app under health, it will know and combine your active calories plus resting calories to get total calories.

    You don't have to wait to midnight to get your resting calories but know it is a running total.

    Hope that makes sense. My resting calories is about 2350 and I have 859 in active calories and currently my total calories is showing 2924 and that is right on track to finish the day around 3300. 2350 + 859
     
  4. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    Formula that is most accurate:

    Jeor Equation
    For men: BMR = 10 x weight (kg) + 6.25 x height (cm) – 5 x age (years) + 5
    For women: BMR = 10 x weight (kg) + 6.25 x height (cm) – 5 x age (years) – 161

    It's easy to figure with pounds and inches. Just use google and ask for kg for 295 pounds and cm for 60 inches.
     
  5. midloman thread starter macrumors regular

    midloman

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    Thanks, BlueMoon63.

    Using your most accurate formula (Jeor Equation, converting pounds to kg and feet/inches to cm): my BMR should be 2,733 calories

    Data for yesterday (24 hours): 4712 (total) - 516 (active) = 4,196 (resting calories)

    According to this, the Activity app is coming up with a resting calorie (BMR) calorie number 1,463 calories HIGHER than the Jeor equation.

    To me, a 1463 calorie difference isn't really in the ballpark.
     
  6. IW1206MT macrumors member

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    Mine have not changed from 8 to 9, they are still about 800 too high. I am hoping this gets fixed soon- have been patiently waiting for 9 for this fix...
     
  7. Julien macrumors G3

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    OP, have you checked to be sure your metrics are correct in the Watch (Health) and Health (Medical ID) apps?
     
  8. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    Yea-this is all I have left to offer as well. It works for me and it was fixed with beta 1 of th public beta 9 I think. I know it was fixed because mine was about 800-900 too high and now it is perfect. You initially set this up with the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. From the main screen pick the health icon and make sure it is correct.

    Keep in mind that other apps on your phone can and will update the health app on your phone for data. I have another app on my phone that updates my weight which shows updated on the Apple Watch app under health so it is constantly adjusting.
     
  9. IW1206MT macrumors member

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    Bluemoon63- your post gave me an idea... I had not weighed myself since updating to ios9. Perhaps the activity app needs a new weight to trigger the corrected resting calorie calculation? Trying it out today.
     
  10. IW1206MT macrumors member

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    Is everyone on ios9 missing the resting calorie metric in activity? On my app it no longer lists resting, just active and total. (Easy enough to to calculate but annoying)
     

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