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Apple Watch question

ChristismylifeChristismylife Posts: 84Member Member Posts: 84Member Member
If you have an Apple Watch, do you import exercise recorded via health app into MyFitnessPal AND import steps into MyFitnessPal? I have both set, so I am getting exercise calories from exercise recorded (eg. indoor or outdoor walk) plus a positive or negative step adjustment. Should I just have the exercise and not the steps?

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  • stv1520stv1520 Posts: 174Member, Premium Member Posts: 174Member, Premium Member
    I subtract the step calories from my Watch workouts for MFP.
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 17,067Member Member Posts: 17,067Member Member
    If you have an Apple Watch, do you import exercise recorded via health app into MyFitnessPal AND import steps into MyFitnessPal? I have both set, so I am getting exercise calories from exercise recorded (eg. indoor or outdoor walk) plus a positive or negative step adjustment. Should I just have the exercise and not the steps?

    Did you actually do the process starting on MFP to link to Apple health?

    Or in the MFP app you just selected Apple Watch as step source?

    Are you manually entering the workouts on MFP as Apple reports what they burned?
    Or you mean they are syncing from Apple to MFP because you are linked?


    Just FYI - steps is merely a figure, like glasses of water drank.
    The adjustment is based on calories not steps. If anything it's based on distance you might say those steps go, but that can vary based on stride length - so it's distance calculated to calories burned.

    But questions above very important because it makes huge difference.
  • amy19355amy19355 Posts: 644Member, Premium Member Posts: 644Member, Premium Member
    I have much preferred the Apple Watch over the Fitbit, and switched to the Activity App for tracking nearly all my exercise.
    Not being able to sync the Apple Watch to MFP was disappointing, but not earth shattering.

    MFP is my goto for logging food and weight. The community here was a huge help in my first weeks and months with getting on the calories in/calories out mentality.

    Love the Dick Tracy aspect of the Apple Watch!

  • heybalesheybales Posts: 17,067Member Member Posts: 17,067Member Member
    amy19355 wrote: »
    I have much preferred the Apple Watch over the Fitbit, and switched to the Activity App for tracking nearly all my exercise.
    Not being able to sync the Apple Watch to MFP was disappointing, but not earth shattering.

    MFP is my goto for logging food and weight. The community here was a huge help in my first weeks and months with getting on the calories in/calories out mentality.

    Love the Dick Tracy aspect of the Apple Watch!

    You can sync MFP to the Pacer app (a created account actually).
    And then in Pacer account sync to Apple Health account.

    Now the data comes over correctly - daily burn, workouts.

    Haven't actually heard if food totals go back across successfully, but as you mentioned Food goals on MFP, and that just requires knowing about daily burn.

    Movement goals on Apple though don't require knowing eating totals.
  • ChristismylifeChristismylife Posts: 84Member Member Posts: 84Member Member
    I have MyFitnessPal pulling steps from my Apple Watch (under steps setting) plus under connected apps, I selected the Health app from my iPhone. So my Apple Watch is pushing information to the health app on my phone, and MyFitnessPal is pulling that data from my health app. Each day whenever I exercise and track it via my watch (using the exercise app it came with), those exercises get imported automatically into MyFitnessPal. I am also seeing a step/calories adjustment since my steps are being counted. I am hoping that what’s happening is that it’s giving me a smaller adjustment for additional calories based on the health app knowing that part of those steps were achieved through the recorded exercises. Hopefully it isn’t giving me double the calories for those steps plus exercise recorded. If that makes sense....
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 17,067Member Member Posts: 17,067Member Member
    I have MyFitnessPal pulling steps from my Apple Watch (under steps setting) plus under connected apps, I selected the Health app from my iPhone. So my Apple Watch is pushing information to the health app on my phone, and MyFitnessPal is pulling that data from my health app. Each day whenever I exercise and track it via my watch (using the exercise app it came with), those exercises get imported automatically into MyFitnessPal. I am also seeing a step/calories adjustment since my steps are being counted. I am hoping that what’s happening is that it’s giving me a smaller adjustment for additional calories based on the health app knowing that part of those steps were achieved through the recorded exercises. Hopefully it isn’t giving me double the calories for those steps plus exercise recorded. If that makes sense....

    If you did connected apps, then MFP is not getting steps directly from the watch, that setting says to use your connected accounts.

    That's where the steps and workouts come from - Apple Health.

    Sadly Apple is not sending any other data correctly - MFP is expecting from any tracker a figure for Total Daily burned calories and time stamp (TDEE).
    From that MFP is correcting itself to match what your device has said you have burned, and what MFP thinks you'll burn for rest of the day based on selected activity level.

    But Apple sends a sedentary burn figure, not TDEE.
    It doesn't send any extra activity calories above sedentary.

    So when MFP removes the known workout calories from that total so as not to double count - they actually aren't even there.
    Opposite of double-counting - workouts remove calories that should count.
    And you aren't even getting credit for non-workout calories above sedentary.

    The more active you are, and the more workouts you do - the worse the effect of getting adjustments that go the wrong direction.

    Read the post right above yours for the solution.
  • ChristismylifeChristismylife Posts: 84Member Member Posts: 84Member Member
    Thank you! This makes me feel better. It seems like sometimes when I am doing more exercise that it’s giving me less calories back. I will look up the Pacer app.
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 17,067Member Member Posts: 17,067Member Member
    Thank you! This makes me feel better. It seems like sometimes when I am doing more exercise that it’s giving me less calories back. I will look up the Pacer app.

    Now the effect you mention can happen in life.

    Sometimes a hard workout makes us less active than we would have been for rest the day, perhaps less than sedentary.
    So a workout could add 400, but my being less active rest of the day we lose 50-100.

    But because of the wrong figures it's usually much worse than that.

    Apple reported sedentary say 2000 - MFP selected sedentary 2000 - known workout 400 = neg 400 adjustment.

    base eating goal say 1500 + workout 400 - adjustment 400 = 1500 eating goal.

    Not a bit of credit for the workout. And if you were more active than sedentary by say 200 calories - totally unknown.
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