fitbit: How a Fitbit calculates the number of calories you’ve burned


Fitness trackers and smartwatches have become quite the go-to devices for fitness and health tracking. One of the early movers in the wearables market was Fitbit which continues to enjoy a certain amount of fan following. Fitbit makes smartwatches as well as fitness bands that come with a plethora of features. The one feature that most people end up monitoring on a Fitbit device is the number of calories they’ve burned in a day. But how does a Fitbit calculate how many calories are burnt in a day? Read on to find out:
What is BMR and why it’s important?
Before we get into how Fitbit does the calculation, it is important to know what BMR is. BMR or basal metabolic rate is the rate at which a person burns calories at rest to maintain vital body functions (including breathing, blood circulation, and heartbeat). You can estimate your daily BMR with the commonly used Harris-Benedict equation. This is a formula that takes into account your height, weight, age, and gender to find your BMR. Here’s the formula for it:
BMR = 655 + (9.6 × weight in kg) + (1.8 × height in cm) – (4.7 × age in years)
BMR = 66 + (13.7 × weight in kg) + (5 × height in cm) – (6.8 × age in years)
How does Fitbit use BMR for calorie calculation?
What a Fitbit device does is that it combines your basal metabolic rate (BMR) and your activity data to estimate your calories burned. If your device tracks heart rate, your heart-rate data is also included, especially to estimate calories burned during exercise. The number you see on your Fitbit device is your total calories burned for the day.
Your BMR is based on the physical data you entered into your Fitbit account (height, weight, sex, and age) and accounts for at least half the calories you burn in a day. Because your body burns calories even if you’re asleep or not moving, you see calories burned on your device when you wake up and will notice this number increase throughout the day. So there will be days when you haven’t exercised anything and spent a day watching Netflix and Fitbit might show calories burnt on the higher side. That is because your body is always burning calories. And Fitbit takes that into account.
Tips to make sure my Fitbit daily activity is accurate
* Make sure that you wear your device correctly, either on top of your wrist or in the clip. If you switch your device to your other wrist, update the Wrist setting in the Fitbit app.
* Confirm that the personal information you entered when you set up your Fitbit account (height, weight, sex, and age) is correct.
* On certain devices, you can use the Exercise app to track your workouts and see your real-time heart-rate data. This data can better determine calories burned during exercise, especially for activities like spinning or yoga where your step count might not reflect your intensity level.
* For your device to count steps during a walk or run, your arm must swing back and forth as you move.
* Note that logging exercises in the Fitbit apps can at times inflate the total number of calories burned because your profile will log both the BMR burn and the estimated exercise-related burn for that same time period.



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