Leanne Nalani

{July 19, 2014}   FitBit & MFP Data + Saturday Successes & Struggles

First, I am happy to report that I lost 1.7 pounds this week. As in prior weeks I have been going balls to the wall on eating in terms of calorie consumption, eating the bare minimum that keeps me from going hungry yet not enough to really be excited about life. I just want to get these damn 20 pounds off!

Total pounds down is 9.1, 8.2 to go.

Let’s Talk Data

Anyone have a FitBit and sync it with MyFitnessPal? I love these apps for all the data they provide. It’s motivating to see the exercise for the week…

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…and it’s good to see water intake and how your friends are doing. I’ve been noticing something with syncing calories between both apps, though. For those who track, let me know if I’m missing something but here is something I discovered.

When I set my goals for MFP and FitBit to lose 2 pounds a week, this is what I get:



MFP says, “Eat more! You’re way under your goals! At this rate you’ll lose 4 pounds this week instead of 2!”


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FitBit says, “Eat waaaaay less! Better yet, eat 800 calories today even though you did 45 minutes of Zumba! At this rate you’ll gain weight this week!”

Now obviously FitBit is way off compared to MFP. I lost 1.7 pounds with these low calorie days and exercise. That has been the trend to lose about 1.5 pounds on weeks like these when MFP says I should be losing at least 2 pounds. Fine, I can live with that. I’ve always been a yo-yo dieter and I’m in my 30’s so weight loss is not nearly as doable as it used to be.

I just don’t understand the vast differences between the apps. I experimented and thought perhaps you should only set goals on one of them instead of both. That didn’t work. They don’t sync calorie recommendations as you can clearly see. So what I discovered is that they will agree with each other if I set FitBit to lose 1 pound a week and MFP to lose 2 pounds a week.

Moral of the story – Know your body and don’t trust everything these apps say. We are all different and have different needs. Many people already know that but it’s still worth acknowledging.

*Have you noticed anything like this if you are someone who tracks on these apps?


Successes & Struggles


Lost 1.7 pounds

Exercised daily

Stayed distracted from food

Enjoyed a night with pho and bubble tea as a treat



Eating just enough but wanting more

Feeling kind of yuck these past couple days


*What are your successes and/or struggles this week?

[…] Leanne Neanne and my wife over at dot2trot are big inspirations.  Yesterday, Dot posted her weekly weigh-in, and today I got my notification from Leanne that she’d also posted something. Lo and behold, she’s down 1.7 pounds this week. She also posted about her Fitbit gadget/thing, which allows her to keep track of all the running and jumping around she does. […]

I know exactly what you mean about eating enough not to be hungry but still wanting more/wanting a little bit of that joy and ease normal people get with food. Sigh. I wonder if we’ll ever get to the point where that balance isn’t a struggle or if having lost of all of this weight, we’ll always have the struggle to keep it off? Congrats on the loss! You’re making great progress on your twenty pound goal! I would definitely ignore FitBit in terms of their calorie recommendations. I found them laughably low too when I tried its calorie tracking out back when I first got it.

I think we will always have to struggle to some degree which is unfortunate but after many years of this it might not be as noticeable. I’m heading toward year 3 of maintenance but I suspect it will take many more to become remotely comfortable or accepting of these struggles we have to go through.

Michelle says:

Woah, 800 cal per day is NOT COOL at all. That’s starvation mode for your body and will lead to serious health problems. The lowest recommended amount is 1200 calories per day (of good, nutritious foods). Eating less than that will slow weight loss because your body will think you are not able to get food and all sorts of bad things happen! I’m glad you noticed this and decided to stick to to min 1200 cal per day routine (though really, if you’re exercising a lot you should be putting back in about 1/3 what you burn like on the hiking day). Don’t hurt your body trying to help it! Slow and steady!

Right now I’m around 1200 calories a day but usually when I’m trying to lose weight I like to aim for about 1300-1400 calories because for some reason those extra 100-200 calories tends to make a difference in how I feel, especially with exercise. Doing the bare minimum is really tough! Yeah, FitBit is crazy with its recommendations. They really need to fix that part of their app.

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