How to Reduce Your Waist for the Military Tape Test

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The military tape test is a notoriously difficult fitness test. People who think they're in fantastic shape regularly fail the test. Failing doesn't necessarily mean that you're out of shape, it just means that you haven't met the requirements of this particular test. Fortunately there are a number of dietary changes, exercise routines and tricks that you can use to finally pass this test. Sticking to a strict regimen for several weeks beforehand should reduce your waist just enough to pass.

  • Drink at least a gallon of water a day. This takes care of one bad habit that even the fittest of people may have --- not drinking enough water. A lack of water in the body causes the body to retain any water you do drink. As a result, your waistline and other measurements increase. Drinking at least a gallon of water each day will reduce water retention and may also increase your metabolism.

  • Do cardiovascular workouts of between 45 and 60 minutes five times week. Cardiovascular exercise is your best bet at the gym if you're trying to lose inches. Running, jogging, cycling and any other exercise that gets your heart rate elevated will help you shed pounds around your waist.

  • Incorporate high protein foods like fish, chicken and nuts into your diet. Also try to get your carbohydrates from vegetables like broccoli. Finally, don't eat any carbohydrates after lunch since they are easily digested and stored in the body as fat. Stopping carb intake at lunch will give you the rest of the day to burn off the carbohydrates you ate in the morning and early afternoon.

  • Eliminate as much sugar as possible from your diet. This means no soda or candy until you take the test. Sugar is one of the main culprits that causes water retention and an expanded waistline. It may be hard at first to completely eliminate sugar from your diet because you will have some cravings, but these should subside after a few sugar-free days.

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