Anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight knows how grueling a task it can be. Indeed, while the before and after photos might show an incredible transformation, they often gloss over the struggle and dedication that it takes to get there. And in the times when it seems hardest, it’s always good to have someone there to keep you motivated. This family took that logic one step further and spent six months hitting the gym together and photographing their progress as they went. And the results are absolutely astonishing.
Losing weight isn’t just a case of eating less and exercising more, however. Indeed, it’s a complex balancing act of getting just the right amount of energy in – and counting calories is something that can be difficult to calculate. After all, everyone’s metabolism is different, and what works for one person may not necessarily work for you.
Meanwhile, it’s no secret that many countries are facing an obesity crisis. In the U.S., for instance, more people are being classified as obese than ever, including an overwhelming 40 percent of adults in 2017. The impetus to lose weight, then, is clear. However, people choose to shed the pounds for a wide variety of reasons.
Indeed, plenty of studies have found that obesity and depression are closely connected. Rather than one directly causing the other, though, piling on the pounds and sinking into depression seem to go hand in hand with each other. This was just one of the reasons that one Chinese family decided to do something about their own excess weight.
Back in 2017, Ding Guoliang – a 31-year-old photographer from Fujian province in China – was expecting a child with his wife. And to help with those first daunting months of parenthood, Guoliang’s mom moved in with the parents-to-be. But she wasn’t the only one who would be coming to live with them.
Indeed, Guoliang also invited his father to stay with them. At this point, the entire family was living under one roof. And that’s when Guoliang had something of an epiphany, spurred on by his father. He went on to make a decision that would transform not only his own life but the lives of his immediate family members, as well.
When Guoliang’s dad came to live with the expectant couple, the photographer couldn’t help but notice that his father was pretty badly out of shape. And not only was he unfit and overweight, he was also an alcoholic. As can happen, it seemed that the older man was caught in a negative spiral – and he’d lost his passion for life.
So, Guoliang came up with a plan that wouldn’t just benefit his father but would help his entire family as well. Indeed, he decided that they should all participate in a group effort to lose weight and to get fit and healthy like never before. In the process, Guoliang’s dad would hopefully rediscover his joie de vivre.
At first, the family took things slowly. After all, when you’re starting any new fitness regime, you don’t want to burn yourself out too quickly. And getting into a routine is critical to making your new habit into something that sticks. Indeed, consistency is crucial in the long term.
To begin with, the family simply went out powerwalking. Then, one day, that turned into jogging. In time, they even began hitting the gym together. All four of them – including Guoliang’s pregnant wife – became the perfect fitness family.
As many workout gurus will tell you, though, it’s no good doing it if you can’t see the progress that you’re making. And much of the time, seeing that progress is as good a motivator as any. So, Guoliang and his family took pictures every ten days during their initial six-month fitness regime – and the results are stunning.
When they first began working out, the family weren’t exactly morbidly obese. But Guoliang still thought that they could stand to lose a few pounds. And that’s exactly what they did between March and September 2017. In the astonishing pictures documenting their transformation you can see just how far they came.
Of course, one thing that you’ll immediately notice is that in those six months, Guoliang’s wife gave birth to their baby. And while losing the bump might seem like a shortcut to weight loss, the new mom looks in great shape in the “after” pics – particularly considering that she’s just given birth.
Exercise doesn’t just have to take place in the gym, but it’s obvious that having a place to train came in useful for the family. Indeed, plenty of Guoliang’s Instagram pictures during the six months show him and his family working out there.
It’s also obvious from the pictures just how much of an effect the fitness program had on Guoliang’s father’s life. While the earliest photos show him looking haggard and unfit, he’s all smiles later on. Indeed, it seems that Guoliang’s plan to help his father worked – and for Guoliang, that was apparently the best thing about the entire process.
Unsurprisingly, then, the family’s six-month regime didn’t end in September 2017. Indeed, it’s apparently become a new way of life for them. After all, if they had the focus and dedication to transform their lives in such a short space of time, why not keep it that way forever?
From Guoliang’s photos, it’s obvious just how much the process has transformed all their lives. Not only does his father look much fitter, he also looks a couple of decades younger. One Reddit user, rysker6, joked, “Grandpa also went back to being 35? Like what the actual hell.” Meanwhile, godfather_actual pointed out, “Seems like even his hair got way healthier!”
The internet has been transfixed by the Guoliang family’s six-month transformation. In fact, the post received more than 50,000 upvotes on Reddit. Meanwhile, thousands of people follow Guoliang’s Instagram and Facebook accounts where he published his pictures of his family.
Many users left congratulatory comments, as well. Diane Rena, for instance, wrote, “This is one of the best weight lost transformations I have ever seen! I don’t even know them but I’m sitting here feeling like a proud relative. I’m definitely inspired, congrats guys!” Pam Falcioni, meanwhile, wrote, “I LOVE the first set of before [and] after pics, especially the new baby being lifted with joy by grandma, these are awesome!”
Getting into shape can be a scary prospect but having a support system in the form of your friends and family can make it so much easier. And, as this family proved, there are more benefits than just losing weight. Indeed, the Guoliangs’ physical and emotional transformation is absolutely remarkable. We’re just glad that they took the photos to prove it and inspire the rest of us.