Drop 30 pounds? Some peeps on here haven't been below 200 or 195 since they were teenagers. I'm pretty lean at 200 pounds and can count all of my ribs at 195 and that just ain't healthy lol. I have to seriously put in the cardio multiple times a week to get under 200 pounds and watch my diet big time, and yes paddling definitely helps. Only time I didn't have to watch my diet to get a little under 200 pounds was when I was logging, brushing, or fightfighting (on active fires) which was burning up to 4000 calories a day, and I was working out by paddling, jogging, or hitting the gym when I got home from the bush too. Muscles decrease in size when you are working that hard, which helps to drop weight too, but it's just not overly realistic for some folks to get under 200 pounds in a healthy manner. Especially those who are really tall with broad, athletic builds. I couldn't imagine Pono or Tall Dude under 200 pounds. They would look like concentration camp prisoners.
There is a lot a lot more choices out there for boards now than a few years ago for heavier paddlers. That much is true. Especially those right around the 200 pound range.