RhymesLikeDimes wrote:Calories in/Calories out still works for 95+% of people. I'm not denying that there are genetic factors, but it still comes down to self-control for the vast majority of humanity. I was 300+lbs. in high school and made all the excuses, but diet + exercise = -100lbs in two years.
Funny enough, I have a friend who is 6'9 who recently got a full-ride to a T20 and was concerned about how his height might turn off employers. Obviously, being tall is generally considered a good thing in the workplace, but does that go for NBA heights?
The sheer amount of knowledge we have today should change it too. Food is the same with more diet options.
I grew up as a fat kid until I learned how nutrition worked right around when I really wanted to play varsity basketball in high school, and the coach said I would need to get into better shape to get on the team. I knew fried foods and oreos were bad, but didn't know that a plate of white rice was bad if I wasn't going to be doing anything active in the next 3-4 hours. The knowledge we have to day where by law things must be posted should make it obvious.
Genes play a role, and if you are stuck in a wheelchair or something that's different because you can't be active, but generally people with slower metabolisms don't get as hungry. I know after I play 2 hours of basketball or run 10 miles or whatever I tend to require a lot more food to fill me.
I believe anyone can get into good shape. I also believe it's much easier today than ever before.