Originally Posted by gymrat05
I do know my BMR accurately as I had it tested with a metabolic cart.
Coooooooool. Where why and how?
I've had similar tests done with exercise for my heart and lung function, but I'm not sure they're the same thing...
Although I think it's important to note that this can change dramatically when you gain/lose weight, so unless your test was recent it might not apply anymore.
I don't think you're going to get a more accurate number than that to tell you how many calories you should eat. If you're sedentary you multiply the number by 1.2, Lightly active 1.375, Moderately active 1.55, very active 1.725, extreme 1.9. That gives you the number of calories to maintain your current weight.
To lose weight I think you subtract a total of 3500 calories per week for every pound you want to lose, so 500 calories a day to lose a pound in a week.