I have been using MFP for a while and lost quite a lot of weight and become more active, so have been adjusting my calorie requirements.
I started using a Garmin to log steps earlier this year but as my day job is quite desk bound, I have used sedentary as the activity level, which I understand is less than 3,000 - 5,000 steps a day. However, I have been doing at least one moderate to brisk walk per day as well as quite a bit of general walking about, thinking this would add on my calories if my activity was over the sedentary level. However, more often than not I end up having calories reduced and I'm not sure why.
For example, today I have done a 50 minute brisk walk, another 20 minute moderate pace walk and some wandering around in between. I have done 14,612 steps but because I have negative adjustments allowed (to stop over counting) my calorie expenditure from exercise is -1 over the day. How does that work if I am sedentary and then done that activity and ended up losing overall? Most days I do around 8-9,000 steps but end up having calories deducted by the end of the day. It says Garmin projected calories for the day is 1983, MFP is 2271 including 287 from exercise so it's adjusted by deducting 288 calories. But my understanding is that Garmin takes the calorie allowance from MFP in the first place so surely its a circular calculation?
Should I just be choosing lightly active and not logging steps or walks at all? Or if I choose lightly active Garmin will pull a higher figure from MFP for my daily calories and therefore not make such a large negative adjustment and I log the exercise as I am doing now? Or do I just stop the negative adjustments (I thought I should have negative adjustments allowed to stop double counting, but now I'm not so sure as it appears to work to negate all the activity I am doing) I am quite confused!!