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In October 2006, MacGregor had gastric banding surgery. Since then, he's lost more than 150 pounds.

At one point, his weight was down to 179 pounds, but ironically, he says his football coaches asked him to put on weight. To absorb more calories, MacGregor's doctors widened the belt that squeezes his stomach. This allowed him to consume more food. "I bulked up to about 215 throughout the season, but surprisingly enough, I still sat the bench," he says.

Though he's always been an active kid, MacGregor says he stepped up his exercise regiment when the pounds starting coming off. He says his parents also helped him lose weight by keeping low-calorie, non-fatty foods in the house.

With the band in place, MacGregor says he just can't eat the way he once did. "I couldn't really … order, like, two cheeseburgers and some fries," he says. "It would come back up."

As MacGregor's weight goes down, his self-confidence continues to go up. "I love myself more," he says. "I love looking in the mirror. I love being able to go out and buy clothes that I don't have to get specifically made for myself."

Though he says every day is a battle, he's working hard to maintain the weight loss. "You have to take it in stride," he says. "I don't know what the future is going to bring, but I hope [to keep the weight off]."
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