The Teardown Phase is divided into Weeks 1 & 2 and Weeks 3 and Beyond. It is important for you to be strict with yourself and follow the meal plan during the first two weeks. This is when you will be convincing your body that it is time to burn calories and not store fat. During this time you will be ridding your body of its sugar craving. Basically the diet is protein, vegetables and good fats. All grains, starchy vegetables sugar and fruit are forbidden during the first two weeks. Initially you will make specific food choices that will destroy the old messages you have been sending to your genes. You will be telling your body not to "Store Sugar as Fat".
Weeks 3 and Beyond allow you to begin adding fruit (berries, tomato and avocado first and as you progress other fruits not on the "Killer Fruit List". You can also add more foods from the "Friendly Foods List". You will become more knowledgeable about your cholesterol, your HDL, LDL and the Triglyceride connection.
After several weeks you will be settling in. You will be seeing the results of your efforts when you step on the scale. You will generally feel much better, your aches and pains diminishing. Remember that it is common to stop losing weight (reach a plateau) for a brief period while on the diet as your body catches up to your new weight and new way of eating. Relax!