07/21/2010 01:17 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Shirtless Jon Gosselin Loses His Beer Belly (PHOTO)

Jon Gosselin appeared to be slightly less out of shape than usual when he was snapped on the beach earlier this month (scroll down for pic). Compare with these photos of Jon flashing his gut for ex-girlfriend Hailey Glass last year.

In Touch Weekly's press release follows:

When Jon Gosselin took to the beach in Ocean City, N.J., on July 8, he looked like a new man. Donning dark shades and a plaid bathing suit, the dad of eight looked toned, tanned and healthier than ever while strolling the beach with his bikini-clad girlfriend, Ellen Ross. And there was one thing noticeably missing -- his beer belly! "Jon's made time for himself," says a friend of the reality star, who adds that Jon's kids were his main motivation to get in shape. "Jon's own dad never took care of himself and died at an early age, so Jon is doing whatever he can to ensure he'll be around for his kids as long as possible."

After his acrimonious split with Kate last year, Jon's life took a nosedive. He stopped going to the gym and eating Kate's healthy, home cooked meals, and plummeted into a wild bachelor lifestyle, which included lots of bar-hopping, heavy drinking and smoking. He soon left the family's television show, Jon & Kate Plus 8, and acquired a reputation for constantly partying with a revolving door of young women. But now, Jon's friend says the tide has finally turned, and the family man is getting his life back on track. Says the pal, "He feels better and looks better than ever."