For some people embarking on a weight loss transformation, progress pictures are key to their success.
And one Chinese family certainly proved how useful they can be after they shared how documenting their shrinking frames helped motivate them during their incredible combined slim down.
Posting the pictures on social media, Chinese photographer, Ding Guoliang, 31, from Xiamen, in Southeast China’s Fujian Province, charted his own weight loss transformation by posting pictures of him posing alongside his family during a six month period.
Family affair: Ding Guoliang, 31, from Xiamen, in China’s Fujian Province documented how his family – including his pregnant wife – slimmed down over six months, pictured in March 2017
Fit fam: All four members of the family lost weight during their transformation, with Ding’s dad, mom, and wife, pictured here in September 2017 after the birth of Ding’s baby, taking part
Accountable: The family, pictured in March 2017, before their transformation, decided to get fit when they all lived together
Bumpy ride: The family all slimmed down during the six month period, even Ding’s wife who had recently given birth to the couple’s first child
While awaiting the arrival of his first child, he explained to Bored Panda that it was his mother who kick-started the project, after she decided to move in with her son and daughter-in-law ahead of the birth of her grandchild.
Seeing this as a golden opportunity to spend more time with his parents, Ding also invited his father to live with them during this time.
When his dad arrived, Ding started the whole family on a new healthy regime, going for power walks that eventually turned into jogging sessions.
And as they all got fitter and healthier, they started working out in the gym, whittling away their excess weight and sculpting impressive six packs in the process.
Transformation: Ding revealed his family’s incredible weight loss in a series of progress pictures on social media, pictured here with his father in March 2017
Motivation: The father and son dieting duo took pictures every 10 days to chart their physical transformation, pictured here in September 2017
Flab to fab: Ding was the one who suggested his dad lose weight with the family ahead of the birth of his first child, pictured left in March 2017 and right in September 2017
Big loser: Ding’s dad started off going for walks but soon turned to gym sessions, pictured here ‘before’ in March 2017 and ‘after’ in September 2017
While the family initially intended on living like this for six months, Ding claims that working out together inspired them all to continue their new healthier lifestyle.
The father and son duo continued to track their progress every 10 days, posing side-by-side topless for the camera with the date written on a piece of paper, held up for the camera.
They also posed with Ding’s wife, mom and newborn son to show how every member of the family has been influenced by the transformation.
And while the physical evidence is impressive all of its own, Ding also revealed that seeing his father become more confident has been the biggest gift of all.