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Old 06-01-2015, 11:31 AM   #1  
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Do any of you use a fitbit to measure your activity? I do, and I love it, I definitely make sure I get my 10,000 steps each day, but do any of you other featherweights notice how HARD it is to burn those extra calories compared to others?

The Fitbit for me (5'5, 143 lbs) says that I burn right around 2,000 calories on a regular day when I hit my usual 10k steps. When I get up to 15k steps plus, it only goes up like 200 calories or less. Makes it VERY hard to up my calories burned. I see other people posting their screen shots of their fitbit app, saying they burn like 3k plus of calories by running like 2 miles, and mine is no where near that. I get it, for someone who weighs 200+ lbs, they burn more calories, but it is a bit frustrating. Do us featherweights (and I don't even consider myself "small") just have to work that much harder?

Thanks for any input you may have. Have a great week!
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Old 06-01-2015, 03:48 PM   #2  
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Hm, I get most of my steps in during a walk (instead of throughout the day), and I track it as an activity. I don't know if logging it that way effects how it calculates the calories or not.

My bmr is like 1350ish or so, and an hour+ long walk can make up a pretty big % of my total calories. I think the highest burn I ever had was about 2500, and that included a long walk, walking during the day, and a hike. I think you're right, it's partially due to total body weight. Also walking isn't a huge calorie burner, at least not in comparison to something like running or swimming.
You could try manually entering some workouts in the activity section, just to see what your potential calorie burn might be (idk, like 1 hour of running?). I bet a 3K burn is possible at lower weights, but it would likely have to include quite a bit of strenuous activity.
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Old 06-01-2015, 03:55 PM   #3  
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I use a fitbit and always hit 20K or more steps a day. I find the calorie burn to be around 2400-2800 (depending on how much over the 20K steps) daily. My issue with this is, is this accurate? Should I eat the extra calories (I eat around 1500 calories a day)?

I don't tend to eat fitbit calories as I just feel 2000+ would be too much to eat a day….but I don't really know. I don't worry so much about having a lower calorie burn than others on fitbit as it just means we weigh less to begin with, which is nice!
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Old 06-01-2015, 06:53 PM   #4  
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I have a Charge HR and at 5'5" 120 lbs, 30's, 10,000 plus steps, I burn around 1700-1900. If I'm really active and run five miles, I might hit 2000 calories.

10,000+ could mean 13,000

Wow...what is 20,000+?!? I'm impressed

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I use a fitbit and always hit 20K or more steps a day. I find the calorie burn to be around 2400-2800 (depending on how much over the 20K steps) daily. My issue with this is, is this accurate? Should I eat the extra calories (I eat around 1500 calories a day)?

I don't tend to eat fitbit calories as I just feel 2000+ would be too much to eat a day….but I don't really know. I don't worry so much about having a lower calorie burn than others on fitbit as it just means we weigh less to begin with, which is nice!
Totally agree. As we Featherweights go lower and lower, we burn fewer calories, for one thing because we're lighter. That is a problem I am willing to have!

As for eating fitbit calories, I guess one could experiment, to see when the losses stopped and the gains started. From what I've read, you can't be 100% sure of how accurate the measurements are. But your scale will not lie, as they say (well, you know what I mean - I'd suggest getting a second one to keep the first one honest!).
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Old 07-29-2015, 03:13 PM   #6  
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It is hard to hit 2000 cals burned. I have to be very active. I think my age has something to do with it too.
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I am 5'4, 147.6 lbs, and yesterday I logged 12,011 steps (5.27 miles) and burned 2,256 cals. I think a big part of it has to do with your "active minutes" I find that I burn less cals when I am walking than I do when I am jogging or running, so you may consider getting your heart rate up a few times a day and seeing if it makes a difference.

That said, it's true that the smaller you get the slower it is to burn the calories.
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