Weight Watchers Tracking of Fitbit Walk

I walked today recording my walk as an activity using my Fitbit.  I had posted recently that Weight Watchers had apparently fixed the problem they were having in double tracking steps.  To recap, previously when using an activity monitor and recording walking (or running) as an activity, Weight Watchers would double count the steps from the walk with your steps for the whole day.  During the time that I wasn’t exercising (due to surgery), this got fixed and Weight Watchers now tracks the activity and then deducts those steps from the daily total.  So, you get extra FitPoints for the steps that are in excess of those for the tracked walk.  I was glad to see that since it meant I could now tracking walking as an activity on Fitbit and not worry that the steps would get double counted.

Today, though, I noticed another great change.  One of the negatives on walking (and reportedly running) when activity was synced using an activity monitor was that Weight Watchers awarded FitPoints solely based upon steps.  The intensity of the walk or run didn’t matter.  If you walked 5000 steps at a slow pace you got the same FitPoints as if you ran 5000 steps at a fast pace.  Of course, the latter would take much less time.  But, it was the same FitPoints.

This contrasts with how it is when you manually record walking or running (that is, you don’t use an activity monitor).  In that situation, you give the length of time and intensity and the FitPoints vary based upon both time and intensity.

It bothered me that intensity wasn’t a part of how activity points are given.  I happen to live in a hilly neighborhood.  When I go for a walk there isn’t much that is truly flat.  So, I burn a lot more calories than I burn if I walk the same number of steps when I go to a shopping mall.

But, that wasn’t reflected in my FitPoints.  But, good news.  I noticed today that it is now reflected.  This what Weight Watchers showed after my walk.

fitbit-walking

I went and checked on Fitbit and found that I walked 3825 steps during the walk.  If Weight Watchers was still going solely by steps, I would have earned 3 FitPoints for the walk.  But, I earned 4 FitPoints which is what I would earn for 37 minutes of walking at moderate intensity.  So, it appears that Weight Watchers is now using the information it gets from Fitbit to determine the intensity of the activity and awarding FitPoints accordingly.

I don’t know if this applies to all activity monitors or all activities.  But, this was really good news for me since I feel this gives me much better results on my activity.

To anyone using an activity monitor:  Are you seeing intensity being a part of how FitPoints are being awarded?

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  1. says

    I don’t have a FitBit…I have a Garmin, which doesn’t tie in to WW. Do you know how the FitBit determines the intensity? Does it have a heart rate monitor?

    I live in a flat neighborhood, but I run a varying paces and I know that an 11-minute-per-mile pace earns me a lot less calories than a 9:30 pace! It feels like it, too, lol!
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    • says

      It depends on the model. I have a Fitbit Blaze which has a heart rate monitor. My husband has the new Charge2 which has a heart rate monitor. Also the Surge has a heart rate monitor. These are wrist based. You can also use software like Digifit and use a chest monitor if you want and then upload that data to Fitbit. For what I do, though, the Fitbit heart rate monitor does fine except during weight lifting.

      Main differences of the 3:

      Surge – the oldest of the 3. It has a built in GPS so is really quite large. I didn’t like the look of it so didn’t go that direction (some people have 2 Fitbits on one account and use the Surge for heavy exercise and then use a prettier Fitbit the rest of the time)

      Blaze – This one looks more like a watch. It will track GPS if you have a phone that is connected to by Bluetooth. I use this with my iPhone (which I put in my pocket).

      Charge2 – This just came out. It does have the heart rate monitor as part of it, but can’t track GPS. My husband uses this and for heavier exercise if he wants to track GPS he uses a chest monitor which he has hooked in to Fitbit.

      For other Fitbits without a heart rate monitor, they determine intensity based upon estimated METS based upon steps and pace and their database of activities.
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