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What My Trip to the Dentist Taught Me About Fat Loss (Pay Now or Pay Later) | DFIO 267

About Today’s Episode:

Welcome back! This week I have a solo episode for you guys.

This episode is going to be a little different, but I have a story about my experience at the dentist and what it taught me about fat loss.

I think you’re going to get a LOT out of this one.

Let’s get into it!


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23:32 Outro

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An Embarrassing Story, An Important Lesson, & How It Can Be Applied to Fat Loss:

As I mentioned in the intro, this is a story about my trip to the dentist—a trip to the dentist that taught me a valuable lesson that also applies to fat loss.

I’ve been a coach for over a decade. When people hear that they think, “Wow, that’s a lot of credibility.”

Now, you know what else has been over a decade?

My last dentist appointment.

That's right, I haven’t been to the dentist in over a decade—12 years to be exact.

I know, it’s gross.

And here’s what’s going on with the dentist… There is a lot of work that has to be done.

It’s not completely horrendous, but I haven’t had a deep cleaning in a while. They’re doing this periodontal stuff where they are going under my gums with this blaster to clean—and it hurts.

Right now, I have only had one side of my mouth done, so the one half feels clean and the other half doesn’t. It’s a really weird dynamic and I can’t wait until this is all over.

To be real with you guys, I am kicking myself for not getting this stuff done back in the day when I should have.

There are a lot of things I could blame or excuses I could make… “I forgot,” “I was broke a decade ago,” “Oh, I don’t have time,” “That’s a lot of money…”

The same excuses we all give.

Here’s the thing, though—because I have been putting it off and ignoring it and making excuses, I am paying for it now, in several ways.

  1. I am paying for it in the health of my teeth. There is plaque and buildup, cavities, enamel is lower than normal, and there is damage done to my mouth.

  2. I am paying for it in this long ass procedure. You should see this blueprint of everything they have to do, “stage 1 this, stage 2 this, stage 3 this.” It’s a lot. Way more invasive than it would have been had I just gotten my shit together and addressed these things when I should have.

  3. I’m paying for it in pain. When they are putting a sandblaster in my mouth to get the build-up off or filling cavities—that shit hurts.

  4. Lastly, I’m paying for it financially. Trust me, you DO NOT want to see the bill I have. It’s ridiculous.

If someone would have told me, "It's pay now or pay later, Jared. You can pay a little now and go to the dentist every six months like a normal person, or you can pay by the thousands in ten years,” I would have absolutely gone to the dentist then.

Here’s how it relates to you guys:

A lot of people will laugh or think, “How could you have done that? That’s really gross,” and it is, but I would argue that most of you are in the same boat with your weight loss.

A lot of people listening to this have been struggling with their weight loss for the last decade. You’ve been convinced that you can/should do it on your own, just like I was convinced that I could just brush my teeth on my own.

I’ll be honest with you guys, you not getting help with your weight loss is costing you much more than what my dentist is costing me.

For most people, trying to do this weight loss thing on your own—it’s like a noose you’re hanging yourself with. It's such a dangerous road.

It’s like a treadmill: you’re trying to make it happen and figure it out on your own, you feel like you’re doing something, but you’re never going anywhere.

I’ve been doing this for a long time—and I remember names and faces. It breaks my heart when I see the same people in my DMs for years, in my groups for years, wanting me to resend them the course I had that was out 5 years ago because they are still struggling.

If you think it’s crazy that I went a decade without going to the dentist, I would ask you: isn’t it crazy that you’re still trying to go through your shit by yourself?

Again, it’s costing you more than not going to the dentist is costing me.

It’s costing you your quality of life.

I talk to a lot of people who are avoiding going out to dinner, avoiding going on vacation, wanting to have sex with the lights off… It’s costing you your confidence, your mental health, your happiness.

You hate the way you feel and you hate the way you look, you're in this constant struggle, this constant failure, wondering “Will I ever make it?”

I’m not telling you that losing the weight will make you happy.

I am telling you that this struggle is costing you your happiness. It’s costing you time with your family and friends.

We only have so much time.

How many times are you not going on that vacation, not going out to that beach because you’re embarrassed, focusing on how tight your clothes are, focusing on food, not being present?

For a lot of you, it’s costing, quite literally, years off your life.

I talked to a person who told me if they don’t get their shit together, they are probably going to go into organ failure this year.

What would you do if someone told you that if you don’t get your shit together now, then you’ll still be struggling in 10 years, you won't be able to play with your grandkids, you’re going to be on medication, or you’re going to die early?

I had a client who needed a kidney transplant. He needed to qualify for the procedure, but he was too overweight. He fell off, never took his program seriously—and 5 years later, he died.

He didn’t know he was going to die, but I bet if someone would have told him… Things would have been different.

I know you’re mentally exhausted by this struggle and you're taking that to every area of your life, your work, and your relationships.

You only have 100% focus. If you are distracted by macros, the way your clothes fit, etc., you can’t be present in your life—with your loved ones.

This is costing you more than not going to the dentist is costing me.

The money on food from binging, the cost of health care, the cost of your kids following in your footsteps…

I know some of you may be offended right now, but I’m not here to make you feel good—I’m here to change your life.

To those of you who have been following me for years and messaging me, I love you, and I love that you are trying—but what if we got this fixed a year ago?

When Sal Di Stefano was on the podcast he said, “You only have so many failures in the tank.”

He means psychologically.

If you have been struggling, you only have so many failures—at some point, you’re going to relent.

We have 180’d people’s lives who said coaching was “[their] last hope.”

Don’t let your ego get in the way, ask for help if you need it.

I hope this resonated with you guys, and if it didn’t, or you're not ready—that’s okay.

But if this is a wake-up call for you, please reach out, and let’s end this struggle together.


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