The Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge: Who Won't Make It?: Deana, Brenda

Dr. Phil's Sisters
Dr. Phil checks in with his sisters Brenda and Deana.
"I have got to do something or I'm going to die," Dr. Phil's sister Deana recently admitted.

Since reading The Ultimate Weight Solution, Deana has lost 30 pounds and has turned her life around. Despite her success, she is frustrated that her weight loss is at a standstill.

"Medical problems have prevented me from losing weight," she says. "I'm doing everything I'm supposed to and the weight is not falling off. That gets frustrating ... It finally dawned on me, 'Don't complain. Just go ahead and do it.' I'm going to lose 100 pounds. I don't know how long it's going to take me, but I'm going to lose it."


Dr. Phil's youngest sister, Brenda has been following his program with great results. "I've lost 47 pounds, 11 percent body fat and 30 inches. Phillip, I've lost almost as much weight as you have hair," she jokes.

Even though Brenda trusts herself to know that she'll never be overweight again, she gets emotional thinking about how far she's come. "There is so much unhappiness involved in being overweight," she says. "You just don't know how liberating it can be not to carry the burden of the extra pounds, the guilt, the lack of success."

Dr. Phil is joined on stage by Brenda and Deana.

When Dr. Phil asks Brenda what's helped her the most, she says the Rapid Start program, which she started in January. "I haven't quit losing since I started that program." Brenda says. "It totally changed my metabolism, and gave me the energy to move ahead and just kick everything into high gear."

Dr. Phil turns to his sister, Deana. "You've lost 30 pounds. That's frustrating to you, right?"

"Oh God," she says, frowning.

Dr. Phil invites Deana's husband CJ up on stage. He points out that CJ has been on the same program as Deana, but has lost 57 pounds. "You've been eating the same thing, doing the same thing and you've lost twice as much weight," Dr. Phil observes. "Men lose weight faster, of course, but do you get the fact that a 30-pound weight loss under the medications and conditions that your under, that's like getting water to run uphill?"

"It's a damn miracle. Take my word for it," Deana says.

Dr. Phil introduces Dr. Tom Diaz, a physician who has worked with the Weight Loss Challengers. "[Deana] just needs to hear it again ... What is she up against with
the insulin and Prednisone and all?"

Dr. Diaz confirms that Deana's medication makes losing weight more of a challenge, but says, "The biggest problem is that most people quit too early. She's made tremendous gains by being persistent with her lifestyle, and her entire lifestyle has improved dramatically."

"I think the thing that's important to me is that you be proud of what you've done on all seven keys," Dr. Phil tells Deana. "You've lost weight but now you can do 30 minutes on the treadmill and you're working out in the gym every day instead of sitting on the couch just being more sedentary and getting bigger all the time. Do you get the difference that that's made?"

Deana replies, "Yeah, I do ... I've got a life now."

Brenda tells Dr. Phil that she has a gift for him. She presents him with a signed picture of her son Douglas' F-18 Squadron in Iraq.

"How very cool is that?" Dr. Phil says. He thanks her and tells her that he is proud of all of the people representing the United States in Iraq.