How can I jump-start my metabolism again? I was losing 2 to 3 pounds a week, but in the past few weeks the scale hasn’t budged! How do I get back on track?

You can rev your metabolism with this plateau-busting cocktail: In a blender, combine 8 oz. of V8 juice, 1/3 cup of lemon juice, 1 clove of garlic, 1 handful each of fresh parsley and cilantro, 2 tsp. of olive oil, 1/8 tsp. of cayenne and 6 ice cubes; pulse until smooth. For three days sip one glass first thing in the morning, another in the afternoon and a third before bedtime. In each glass you’ll get a dose of metabolism-revving spices, diuretic herbs and detoxifying juices. To round out your diet, also have three veggie-and-protein meals per day. Veggies deliver satiating fiber, while protein increases the production of glucagon, a hormone that mobilizes stored fat to be used as fuel. The payoff: My followers have reported losing 5 to 6 pounds and 1 to 2 belly inches on this plan! And once you revert back to your diet, steady weight loss should resume.

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