Man…it sucks when you think you’ve been doing something right only to find out that you spent the last few weeks miscalculating calories. I have been making low carb foods for Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday to do carb cycling. Today I decided that I wanted to drop my calories by 5% through the week to see if I could see a difference in my weight loss and as I was doing that, I noticed that – despite using the UPC to scan – MyFitnessPal (MFP) was giving me incorrect information.

In a nutshell, the low carb food I was making included some meatballs that I had been using half the bag of per day.  I figured since you scan the UPC and pay for the larger size, MFP would have the larger size in there when I scanned it.  I guess not.  This whole time I had been using the larger size only to find that it was inputting the smaller size.  That meant that I had been getting about 2400 extra calories every week.  That is an entire day’s worth of calories!

I guess the good news is that I was still losing weight, but it helps explain why I was always up on Monday (a day after I ate more than I expected) and why I wasn’t losing quite as fast as I had hoped.  Another bit of good news is that it taught me to never trust what programs tell me and to double-check everything.  So I will be doing that from now on.

Other than finding out about this debacle, Sunday was a relaxing day.  I squeezed in 10,000 steps, did 3 miles on the bike and just sort of vegged out the rest of the day after we went shopping.

Here’s to a better week and many better weeks going forward!


Exercise Reps/Distance
Active time 82 Min.
Bike 3 miles @ 10 minutes
Other Goals Notes
Eating/Tracking All tracked
Steps 10,352
250+ Steps Per Hour 7 out of 14
Sobriety 40 days in a row
Liquid Intake Iced decaf coffee and water

3 thoughts on “Week 5 – Day 7: Well Crap…

  1. I have had this problem with MFP before…
    It also over estimates how many calories you burn through exercise, so I have the adjustment turned off and use my garmin instead for that!

      1. yeah, me too tbh… I certainly don’t try to match me food to it…otherwise dome days I’d be eating 3000+ calories which I am pretty sure wouldn’t do me much good in the long run!!

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