Fitbit calories burned?

(21 Posts)
whattodowiththepoo Fri 29-Jul-16 18:30:21

Oh my god it's driving me insane, does anyone else have issues reaching your daily goal in calories burned? I feel like I'm going crazy trying to reach it.

IronMaggie Fri 29-Jul-16 19:06:30

Err... are you an ultramarathoner? Or a hamster?! That's an incredibly large number of calories per day. I thought I was pretty active but I only average about 2,600 per day.

If you're burning that many calories I'm not sure I understand why you're worried about hitting any particular goal - are you in training for something specific?

whattodowiththepoo Fri 29-Jul-16 19:55:06

Trying to hit that many calories because it is what my Fitbit suggests and I want it to turn green.
Not an ultra marathoner or a hamster but I'm very active (I work at a desk but I have a treadmill and spinning bike in my office)

IronMaggie Fri 29-Jul-16 20:45:49

I've just had a look at my app and it asks me to enter my calorie goal manually, so you could always just put in a lower target...?

whattodowiththepoo Fri 29-Jul-16 21:06:02

I have never entered a calorie goal I guess it worked it self out. it used to be less but kept getting higher.

PotteringAlong Fri 29-Jul-16 21:07:20

Mine is only 2400 blush

foodiefil Fri 29-Jul-16 21:12:15

Fitbit query - sorry to steal your thread - just put mine on tonight and it's says 1680 calories but does that mean how many I've burned? Like since 7pm??!

IronMaggie Fri 29-Jul-16 21:42:26

Foodie, it estimates your BMR (basal metabolic rate), which is the number of calories you'd burn if you were in a coma (or binge watching Netflix). So it might be close to that for the day so far, if you've just turned it on.

foodiefil Fri 29-Jul-16 22:37:39

Thank you Iron that's really helpful xx

FuzzyWizard Fri 29-Jul-16 22:44:59

I rarely hit mine. I think they set the goal a bit too high tbh. 2,100 kcal might not sound a lot but I'm very short and relatively light so it takes a lot of activity for me to hit it. My green days are all around 20,000 steps.

whattodowiththepoo Sat 30-Jul-16 09:05:39

Have you noticed your target going up fuzzy? Mines used to be less but when I hit it every day the bloody thing went up.

FuzzyWizard Sat 30-Jul-16 20:44:22

I think mine have been gradually edging lower because I don't hit them blush

carrie74 Sun 31-Jul-16 19:16:57

God, mine is 2100, and I hardly ever hit it. I have to do about 15000 steps and/or a session with the PT that leaves me broken. If I've been moderately active all day then go for a 5k run I usually manage it too.

ThisUsernameIsAvailable Sun 31-Jul-16 19:20:30

Mines 2,400 but I'm very active. If you're not then I would lower it smile

bleedingnora Sun 31-Jul-16 19:23:16

Mine is 2500 and usually easily hit it and a couple of times a week manage over 3500 but I'm very active and run miles every week.

That said, I eat nowhere near that much and don't lose weight so it clearly hugely over estimates calories used for me.

blueskyinmarch Sun 31-Jul-16 19:23:55

My calorie goal is around 2400. Yours seems set very high. When you set it up did you say you were very active?

whattodowiththepoo Mon 01-Aug-16 02:26:16

I think when I first got a Fitbit it started at 3,100 (I could be wrong)
I don't remember what I told it specifically, I'm male and over 6ft5 which probably makes a big difference.

BigGreenOlives Mon 01-Aug-16 04:08:59

I usually burn between 2000 & 2700 calories a day but I'm only 5'6" & female (weigh 62kg). I'd imagine a male of 6'5" would easily burn 3100. Are you trying to lose weight or maintain?

BigGreenOlives Mon 01-Aug-16 04:14:22

BMR calculator

According to that if you are 35, male & 190lbs you need just under 2000 calories a day.

I'd need 1348 calories to maintain my weight. My Fitbit estimates I do about 1000 extra calories a day which is probably about right. Interestingly I lose weight more easily when I'm less active, I presume as I'm less hungry.

IronMaggie Mon 01-Aug-16 07:29:16

BigGreen I think you might be muddling BMR and TDEE (total daily energy expenditure). If you're extremely sedentary you might want to aim for the lower of the two, but generally matching your intake with your TDEE will allow you to maintain your weight.

And whattodo I wish you'd said you were a big dude, that does make an enormous difference! I assumed you'd set it up incorrectly but that makes a lot more sense now.

If you're happy with your current weight and energy levels, I'd just reduce the target a bit. And look at the average over the course of a week rather than obsessing over every single day. No sense letting an app dictate your life! grin

BigGreenOlives Mon 01-Aug-16 14:47:37

Iron it's ok I'm not but I probably don't express myself particularly clearly at 04:14. Joys of perimenopausal insomnia.

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