We believe our users can decide for themselves if they’d like to consume the additional calories earned through activity. When the day is shown in yellow, that means the calories consumed came from burned calories.
Goal: "Lose Weight"
In most cases, you can generally boost weight loss when burned calories are not replenished with food. The additional calories, however, are often helpful as a puffer for days when you’d like to eat a bit more of enjoy yourself at a barbecue or birthday party. In addition, having too large of a calorie deficit can actually slow down your weight loss progress. You can learn more about that here.
You can choose to replenish the burned calories as a reward or use them as a “weight-loss booster”. You will also meet your weight-loss goal if you choose to replenish your burned calories.
Goal: “Gain Muscle” or “Maintain Weight”
If your goal is to “Gain Muscle” or “Maintain Weight” you should replenish the calories you’ve burned through activity. It’s also important to consume the calories through foods rich in protein or complex carbohydrates (e.g. potatoes, oats, quinoa, or wholegrain rice) and not through “empty calories” like sweets, junk food, etc.
Disable: “Show Burned Calories”
In the Android version of our app, you can choose whether you’d like the app to consider burned calories when calculating your remaining calories and nutritional values. To do so:
- Switch to the Profile/Me tab.
- Navigate to Settings .
- Select “Diary”.
- Choose to enable or disable “Show Burned Calories”.
Note: This option is currently only available for our Android app. We will be adding this option to the iOS app shortly.