The basic RMR test can be done at many websites, here is a accurate website to check it out at: http://www.shapeup.org/interactive/rmr1.php
Now knowing my RMR I am very aware of my calorie allowances. I have been living by this knowledge since I started my journey to good health. It makes sense, if we want to succeed in anything we want to know everything we can before we start. Every other time I tried to achieve weight loss, I was simply "dieting". (oh, do I hate that word) The second step was to set a goal for myself. I have set up 3 goals since January, my first one was in March for the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies. I was 198 late January and wanted to weigh 182 by March 15. I missed my goal by 2 pounds, but I was more than happy with the results I did achieve.
Here is a great goal weight calculator: http://www.cookingnook.com/calorie-calculator.html
So here is the deal, our bodies are made up of simple math.
Step one, find out your RMR, this is the calories you burn doing absolutely nothing more than breathing.
Do the math, it is a very simple equation of calories in, calories out. I attribute my successes this time to that simple equation and know this is my forever formula.
I also have the extra encouragement of a bodybugg and display watch, however there is a Polar F7 watch that can read the calories you burn at a much smaller price. Best price I have found for the bodybugg is at costco.com, the display watch I have only found at 24hourfitness.com. Those two items cost me just under $300.00. The Polar F7 watch also comes with a heart rate strap and can be bought for $109.00.