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FAQ - Syncing, logging food & exercise, calorie adjustments, activity levels, accuracy

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  • heybalesheybales Posts: 16,961Member Member Posts: 16,961Member Member
    barneshall wrote: »
    Hi, I bought fitbit 2 several weeks ago and found it doesnt sync with my Huwaei lite phone, so I sync with my laptop and it works fine.
    However, I need to buy a new phone and intend to buy one that will sync with the Fitbit. Is it possible to sync with both phone and laptop or do I have to choose one only ?

    You can do either at any time, those are merely means to get the data off the device and to your Fitbit account.
    It keeps track of time stamps from the device and knows what it's adding to current info.
  • barneshallbarneshall Posts: 384Member Member Posts: 384Member Member
    heybales wrote: »
    barneshall wrote: »
    Hi, I bought fitbit 2 several weeks ago and found it doesnt sync with my Huwaei lite phone, so I sync with my laptop and it works fine.
    However, I need to buy a new phone and intend to buy one that will sync with the Fitbit. Is it possible to sync with both phone and laptop or do I have to choose one only ?

    You can do either at any time, those are merely means to get the data off the device and to your Fitbit account.
    It keeps track of time stamps from the device and knows what it's adding to current info.

    Thank you😁
  • Johnny_Boy76Johnny_Boy76 Posts: 8Member Member Posts: 8Member Member
    When does fitbit actually show up on MFP? I connected to fitbit then synced and nothing shows up in my diary, so I logged out of both and tried again still nothing. An I missing something?
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 16,961Member Member Posts: 16,961Member Member
    Your steps should show up.

    In the MFP app or website account - you need to set the Setting for Step Source to be Fitbit.
    That means not only steps but calorie info is taken from Fitbit and maths done.

    Calories from adjustment only show up under Exercise (FAQ explains what that is though) by default if Fitbit is looking to see you burn more than MFP was told you'd burn anyway - by your selection of Activity Level.

    If you enable setting for Negative Calorie Adjustments, then you'll get adjustment even when below that amount.
  • milalimilali Posts: 17Member Member Posts: 17Member Member
    So I am really confused by fitbit and MFP integration...

    I think I have it working, I did crossfit this morning it wasn't too hectic a workout but it claimed I only expended 224 calories in 45 mins. I thought fair enough it wasn't too hectic a workout (5 min WOD at the end) so let it go, I reinstalled the app and allowed negative adjustments and it then under exercise it added fitbit calorie adjustment of 124.

    Which is less than the 224 it recorded, so then I looked at this post about manually adding the training so I manually added the training for the correct start time and set the calorie burn at 224, and then I came back and now has a fitbit calorie adjustment of -99, so I deleted the workout and the adjustment went back to 125.

    I am really confused should I be added my workouts at all? or will fitbit auto adjust it? Have I been drastically putting the the wrong values for calorie expenditure for my exercise?
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 16,961Member Member Posts: 16,961Member Member
    Reread the first part of the FAQ about what the adjustment is - it's not the workout.

    The workout data is already within the total daily burn that comes over to MFP.

    Just make a wall post about the workout - unless you just love MFP's exercise diary over Fitbit's own.
    And you should not for many reasons.

    MFP adjusts things - Fitbit only sends steps for MFP to display, and calorie burn.
  • milalimilali Posts: 17Member Member Posts: 17Member Member
    heybales wrote: »
    Reread the first part of the FAQ about what the adjustment is - it's not the workout.

    The workout data is already within the total daily burn that comes over to MFP.

    Just make a wall post about the workout - unless you just love MFP's exercise diary over Fitbit's own.
    And you should not for many reasons.

    MFP adjusts things - Fitbit only sends steps for MFP to display, and calorie burn.

    I use MFP for my food as its got everything already setup and works so very well with bar code scanners for new things ect ect. So how do I correctly get my exercise to show in MFP? Do I just manually add what Fitbit tells me I expended? Or do I just do nothing and let that fitbit adjustment cover everything I need?

    I also enjoy water sports like surfing so when I do that I have been added it in MFP as I can't wear my fitbit doing that. (its a Fitbit Charge HR

    Optimally I would like fitbits exercises to show up automatically in MFP. Is that possible?
    edited November 2018
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 16,961Member Member Posts: 16,961Member Member
    milali wrote: »
    heybales wrote: »
    Reread the first part of the FAQ about what the adjustment is - it's not the workout.

    The workout data is already within the total daily burn that comes over to MFP.

    Just make a wall post about the workout - unless you just love MFP's exercise diary over Fitbit's own.
    And you should not for many reasons.

    MFP adjusts things - Fitbit only sends steps for MFP to display, and calorie burn.

    I use MFP for my food as its got everything already setup and works so very well with bar code scanners for new things ect ect. So how do I correctly get my exercise to show in MFP? Do I just manually add what Fitbit tells me I expended? Or do I just do nothing and let that fitbit adjustment cover everything I need?

    I also enjoy water sports like surfing so when I do that I have been added it in MFP as I can't wear my fitbit doing that. (its a Fitbit Charge HR

    Optimally I would like fitbits exercises to show up automatically in MFP. Is that possible?

    Fitbit does NOT send workouts to MFP.

    Why do you want workouts to show up in MFP?

    Fitbit uses it's exercise database better than MFP - it's better to add other workouts there.

    Really - have you compared the exercise Diary of both apps?
  • milalimilali Posts: 17Member Member Posts: 17Member Member
    Fitbit does NOT send workouts to MFP.

    Why do you want workouts to show up in MFP?

    Fitbit uses it's exercise database better than MFP - it's better to add other workouts there.

    Really - have you compared the exercise Diary of both apps?

    I would want the workouts to show in MFP so I have the correct calorie expenditure for the day so I know how much I need to eat to maintain, grow or lose weight based on where I am in my cycles.

    Thus why I thought it would auto show the workouts and more importantly the calories it used so I have an accurate amount... or is that what the fitbit tracker calorie adjustment is doing?

    how would I add Surfing to fitbit? I looked at the app and it was not apparent how I would do that where as with MFP it just a quick look up, set the time and done.
    edited November 2018
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 16,961Member Member Posts: 16,961Member Member
    The calorie adjustment that MFP creates takes care of the workouts AND differences in daily life.

    The workout showing up is NOT required.

    Add Workout in Fitbit app uses the same database MFP and Fitbit both use.
    So surfing should be there.
    edited November 2018
  • dmwh142dmwh142 Posts: 72Member Member Posts: 72Member Member
    I have a simple Fitbit Flex 2. Currently I am exercising (walking or swimming) twice each day. The only calorie burn that is being shared to MFP is the most current one. Has anyone else noticed this?
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 16,961Member Member Posts: 16,961Member Member
    Most don't notice posts to the FAQ on current issues - usually there is one or likely several topics on whatever issue is going on.

    And actually ONLY the most current daily total calorie burn should be shared, it's not additive, it's replacement.
  • TinManJoeTinManJoe Posts: 29Member Member Posts: 29Member Member
    I've recently obtained a Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Bottle, and while it works fine in its own app, it doesn't seem to sync with Fitbit - even if I have it "connected" in my account with Hidrate. Has anybody else encountered this, and is there a known fix?
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 16,961Member Member Posts: 16,961Member Member
    TinManJoe wrote: »
    I've recently obtained a Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Bottle, and while it works fine in its own app, it doesn't seem to sync with Fitbit - even if I have it "connected" in my account with Hidrate. Has anybody else encountered this, and is there a known fix?

    refer to the post right before yours. It's a FAQ, not troubleshooting topic.
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