Two years ago, the Portland, Tenn., native had reached his heaviest weight and even auditioned to be on The Biggest Loser. "I was depressed," says Neal, 28. "I went on a roller coaster at a local theme park and I assumed I could sit down. But it took two people to try and fit me in the seat. There were all these people staring at me so I made it a joke. I was laughing but I was hurting inside. Finally I just went to the bathroom and started crying."