Resting calories

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  1. blue-lion macrumors member

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    Hi, I was wondering when I will see some data in the 'resting calories' section of the health app? I have inputted all my personal data, height, weight,etc...and been using the watch to gather other info, but for some reason this section remains empty?
     
  2. pilot3033 macrumors member

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    Did you input that data into the Activity app or just the Health app? One thing I've found, and disliked, is that even some of Apple's own apps don't use Health as the central data hub it's designed to be.

    That said, resting calories are pretty off in the watch. I had a full body scan as part of a physical today, and my BMR (resting calories) is listed as 1,600. The Activity app gave me nearly 3,000 the other day.
     
  3. blue-lion thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't know how you enter it into the activity app?
    Are you saying I have to enter it every day?, manually?
     
  4. pilot3033 macrumors member

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    Sorry, meant the apple watch app where your settings are. There's a "Health" tab to give it your basic height/age/weight.
     
  5. blue-lion thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok. I had done that already.
    Does your health app show you your resting calories?
     
  6. pilot3033 macrumors member

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    "Activity" gives a resting calories estimate. "Health" has a database for resting calories, also, but I have not seen Activity add data to Health for resting calories.

    Frankly, unless you're being constantly monitored and eating a strictly controlled diet where all the variables are always known, it's better to just use this data to plan a rough idea of what you should be consuming/exerting per day. Filling out the green ring on the watch is a good way to do it, so is completing the red move ring. There are some online calculators to help find your base metabolic rate but even that is wonky. Depending on which one you chose, my BMR is 2,050, 1,800, or 1,660cals/day. I know my body fat percentage, so I chose the lowest number and try to eat less than 1,660 calories in a day, or make up for it with exercise.

    But like I said, it's rough. Fretting over 10 or 20 calories here or there won't matter because online food databases aren't equivalent to whatever you put on your plate. You can get close, so use that closeness to identify trends and habits instead of minute data.
     
  7. taff2003 macrumors member

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    I've entered my personal details in both the Health app and the AW app, and I'm not seeing any resting calories info being recorded in the Health app - ever.
     
  8. Pagemakers macrumors 68020

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    If you look at the resting calories page then click on "share data" you will see no data sources.

    The AW cannot update this graph in the health app if there are no data sources that's why you are seeing no resting calories in the health app.

    You cannot add the watch as a resting calories data source.
     
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  10. Julien macrumors G3

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    I thank the OP is talking about this.

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  11. 3under2 macrumors regular

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    Nevermind. I figured it out. Have you tried adding myfitnesspal?
     
  12. Pagemakers macrumors 68020

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    Go to the Health App on your phone.

    Health Data (bottom button)
    Fitness
    Resting Calories
    Share Data

    You will see that Data Sources is empty. IE Nothing is sending resting calorie data to the app.

    If you then look at Active Calories and data sources you will see the watch (and maybe some other apps if you have them installed).
     
  13. stoomc macrumors regular

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    I'm confused, and pretty sure I've picked up something wrong here, but why does your resting calories fluctuate so much from day to day?
    Surely resting calories is the same every day unless you are gaining or losing.
     
  14. Pagemakers macrumors 68020

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    Yes you would think so. Looking at my iPhone activity app, my resting calories are pretty much 2700 per day regardless of exercise or not.

    Julian, what is your data source for resting calories in the Health App? It’s obviously not coming from the Watch.
     
  15. 3under2 macrumors regular

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    I'm also curious Julien as to where (which app) your calorie data is coming from :).
     
  16. Pagemakers macrumors 68020

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    This is what Apple say about resting calories...
     

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  17. Julien macrumors G3

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    I had never looked at it and just added the field and took a screen shoot. I just checked and the data is pulled from my Withings App. Not sure how are why because it is not correct. I also tried some quick research and can't find any documentation about Withings and calculating resting calories.

    Not sure why the Health App doesn't calculate resting calories itself.
     
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  19. Pagemakers macrumors 68020

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    Looking at your results it would appear the app is inaccurate too. Your resting calories should be similar day in, day out.
     
  20. stoomc macrumors regular

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    Yeah. Even if you were gaining or losing weight every day, this would change your resting calories, however it wouldn't fluctuate as wildly as that graph.
     

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