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This maintenance level is the minimum number of calories your body needs in order to function. Add this number to your calories burned through exercise and activity, and you get your total daily calorie expenditure. Now you know about how many calories you could eat without gaining weight.
The first step is finding out what your BMR is. Now, you could check in to one of those exclusive mountaintop clinics in northern Europe where they hook you up to the latest in beeping machines, jumping lights and squawking monitors. But that would take days and cost thousands and thousands of dollars.
Or you could do this simple worksheet.
If you know your height, weight, age and gender, you can easily calculate your own BMR. Just print up the worksheet and fill in your vital statistics:
BMR FOR WOMEN
BMR FOR MEN