An Amazing Body Transformation Journey Using the Jefit App

It is a special feeling when all your hard work in the gym finally pays off. The ultimate goal for most people is to hopefully experience a body transformation when it’s all said and done. This change, however, requires months or even years of hard work and dedication to occur. It usually includes hours upon hours of exercise, plenty of sleep and a strict nutrition plan. Proper nutrition is required to get the most out of each exercise session. Eating healthy also plays a big role in keeping muscle and body fat ratios at respectable levels.

One Jefit member, Steven Duckwiler, has experienced this type of body transformation success, losing almost hundred pounds. His journey over the past four years has been nothing short of sensational. You can follow his personal journey on his personal YouTube page, Duck Fitness.

What actually needs to happen in order for your body to dramatically transform over time?

The Right Mindset is Needed to Experience a Body Transformation

Something usually “clicks” with regard to the way you think about yourself, your body or your relationship with food. For Steven it was a few things. One hobby ended (football) and he then decided to get totally immersed in his passion, fitness. With a shift in mindset, he adjusted his eating style. What he did differently on the nutrition side was he started recording and tracking his calories. He began paying more attention to the types of food he was consuming at each meal. He also started tracking his strength workouts, using the Jefit app.

Nutrition & Exercise Play a Critical Role in Successful Body Transformation

The driving force for Steven was to lose weight when he finished up his final season of high school football. During his last year, he served as the varsity offensive line Captain. Following graduation, he started monitoring his diet and became cognizant of his daily macronutrient intake. What he did differently, as previously mentioned, was recording his calories and macronutrients each day. He also tracked his workouts with the Jefit app. As Steven got deeper into his journey, he started learning more about nutrition and exercise. This allowed him to make healthier and smarter food choices along the way.

A typical week for Steven includes weight training 6 times per week (focused around heavy compound movements). He also likes to keep active with cardio, typically light cycling and outdoor activities such as golfing and hiking. As a result of of his dedication and training over the past four years, he has competed in a USAPL Powerlifting meet. He plans on doing a mock meet in December and would like to return to competing in 2021 and eventually bodybuilding as well. His YouTube channel currently has a video of his weight loss journey. He will be posting more videos including his mock meet in December!

Turning Your Passion into a Coaching Career

Steven is studying Kinesiology and will have his degree in 2021. His next goal is to become a sports strength and conditioning coach. He would also like to continue to grow his personal training business working with athletes and individual clients. Steven has been working as an NFPT certified personal trainer since 2018. He has worked with both NFL and collegiate athletes in addition to a wide range of other clients. You can follow Steven on Instagram @steven.duckwiler and his Youtube channel, Duck Fitness.

Since Steven began his body transformation four years ago, he has lost close to hundred pounds. He continues to build metabolically active lean muscle mass with his consistent training. Steven mentioned that he likes using the Jefit app for motivation and to track his strength and cardio workouts. He also plans to use the award-winning app for his training business as a tool for coaching his clients. Congratulations Steven! You are setting a great example for many others who are looking to experience a similar body transformation.

Steven Duckwiler Transformation
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Image Credit: Steven Duckwiler

Use the Jefit App to Help With Your Own Personal Health Journey

Millions of members have had great success transforming their bodies using the Jefit app. The app is a customizable workout planner, training log, can track data and share workouts with friends. Take advantage of Jefit’s huge exercise database for your strength workouts. Visit our members-only Facebook group. Connect with like-minded people, share tips, and advice to help get closer to reaching your fitness goals. Stay strong with Jefit.




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Five Components for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating Patterns

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The USDA releases an updated nutrition and healthy eating guide every five years. At the core of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is eating patterns and the relationship with food and nutrients. The individual goal for this work is to adhere to eating patterns that promote health and prevent chronic disease across a lifespan.

The healthy eating patterns recommended in this 8th edition were developed by integrating findings from systematic reviews of scientific research. In addition, food pattern modeling, and analyses of current intake of the U.S. population were also looked at. The evidence shows that “healthy eating
patterns are associated with positive health outcomes.”

Healthy Eating Pattern Defined

According to the authors of this DGA report, “healthy eating patterns support a healthy body weight. It can also help prevent and reduce the risk of chronic disease throughout periods of growth and development.” An eating pattern represents all the foods and beverages you consume. All foods consumed as part of a healthy eating pattern fit together like a puzzle to meet nutritional needs without exceeding limits. This is especially true in regard to saturated fats, added sugars, sodium, and total calories.

The Five Components Needed

  • Follow a Healthy Eating Pattern Across the Lifespan. A healthy eating pattern includes plenty of protein, grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and oils. It limits saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and sodium.
  • Focus on Variety, Nutrient Density, and Amount. Meet nutrient needs within calorie limits, choose a variety of nutrient dense foods across and within all food groups in recommended amounts.
  • Limit Calories from Added Sugars and Saturated Fats and Reduce Sodium Intake. Consume an eating pattern low in added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium.
  • Shift to Healthier Food and Beverage Choices. Replace typical food and beverage choices with more nutrient-dense options. Be sure to consider personal preferences to maintain shifts over time.
  • Support Healthy Eating Patterns for All. Each one of us can play a major role in helping to create and support healthy eating patterns in multiple settings around us. This includes from home to school to work to our communities.

Final Notes on Eating Healthy

A healthy eating pattern, or style, includes the following:

  • A variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups (dark green, red and orange, legumes, and starches).
  • Fruits, especially whole fruit.
  • Grains, half of which are whole grains.
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages.
  • A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats, poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), nuts, seeds, and soy products.
  • Oils

A healthy eating pattern limits the following:

  • Limit saturated fats and trans fats, added sugars, and sodium. A number of studies have shown an association between increased intake of trans fats and an increase risk of CVD.
  • Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars.
  • Eat less than 10 percent of calories per day from saturated fats.
  • Consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day of sodium.
  • Limit consumption of dietary cholesterol to 300 mg per day.
  • If alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation (up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men).
  • Moderate coffee consumption (three to five 8-oz cups/day or providing up to 400 mg/day of caffeine) can be part of healthy eating patterns.

Avoid the Halo Effect

This refers to someone who eats healthy foods but goes overboard on portion sizes. As a result, they end up consuming too many calories for the day. Try the following: protein should be the size of your smartphone, all carbs should be the size of your fist, and fruits and veggies should cover the rest of your plate. This is an easy way to visualize what a healthy meal looks like. Also, you’ve heard, the the more colorful your plate, the more nutrients you’ll be eating.

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Go Hand-in-Hand.

In addition to having a healthy eating style or pattern, we all need to also meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things we can do to improve our overall health. Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity (or 75 minutes of vigorous activity) and should perform strength training on 2 or more days each week, using the Jefit app to plan, log, track and share your workouts. Stay strong!

Reference

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-2020, 8th Edition. USDA: DietaryGuidelines.gov

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See How to Get More Protein on Plant-based Diet, Watch The Game Changers

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Sometimes you read or watch something that changes how you think about a topic. The topic is this case is nutrition and more specifically, a plant-based diet. It’s always important to understand both sides of a story though. Many bodybuilders and recreational lifters alike think they can’t get enough protein from a plant-based diet. So, they tend to avoid it, even if they intuitively know it’s a healthy option. Most stay away because they can’t grasp how eating a plant-based diet would allow enough daily protein to build lean muscle.

Your mind could change a bit after watching an interesting documentary on Neflix called The Game Changers, produced by James Cameron. The show first dropped back in 2018 and is currently trending once again. I would highly recommend that you at least watch it. The show is 85-minutes long and interviews many great athletes who talk about how and why they transitioned to a plant-based diet.

Definition of a Plant-based Diet

One of the better definitions of a plant-based diet was found in this article published by Harvard Medical School and author Katherine McManus, MS, RD. She goes on to say that “plant-based or plant-forward eating patterns focus on foods primarily from plants. This includes not only fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. It doesn’t mean that you are vegetarian or vegan and never eat meat or dairy. Rather, you are proportionately choosing more of your foods from plant sources.”

There are several pro/con reviews of the documentary, however, saying they get a lot right but also some things wrong. One review mentioned the show vilified red and processed meats while claiming animal proteins like chicken, fish, and eggs were as equally bad for your health. We know that certain ways of eating like a vegetarian or Mediterranean diet, have been shown to be healthy, and they includes such foods.

There may be an argument that healthy eating is not an “all or nothing” diet or philosophy and more about finding the best option to eat healthy. To be able to eat healthy the majority of time would be a good thing; incorporating a manageable diet that enhances a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

Check out the show and see what you think for yourself, who knows, maybe it’s something you’ve thought about trying in the past. In any event, this or something similar could be a reset for eating better during (1) this stressful, pandemic time and (2) for a fast approaching Holiday season.

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Stay Strong with a Plant-based Diet and Jefit

Take advantage of Jefit’s 1400 exercise database in your workouts. Jefit is a fitness app that comes equipped with a customizable workout planner, training log, and ability to track data. There is also a members-only Facebook group. Connect with like-minded people, share tips, and advice in order to get closer to reaching your fitness goals. Stay strong!

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5 Foods to Eat for Accelerated Muscle Growth

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Food is quite literally our life energy source, think of it like high octane gas that fuels our brain and body. Eating specific foods may help when looking for muscle growth to occur. Our brain needs about 130 grams a day of carbohydrate to function optimally. It’s important for any nutrition plan to include all the major macronutrients and micronutrients. Our body also need amino acid-rich sources of protein for muscle growth to take place. Amino acids are considered the building blocks that eventually help form proteins. Almost all foods contain some source of protein. Amino acids are important because they play a big role in protein synthesis, tissue repair and nutrient absorption.

There are 20 different amino acids that are grouped together making up three separate categories. The body makes 12 of these amino acids and we get the other 8 from food we eat. The cool thing is our body produces thousands of different proteins using just these 20 amino acids. Amazing!

Non-Essential Amino Acids

Non-essential amino acids do not need to be included in the diet. Nine out of the 20 amino acids are essential, but adults only need to obtain eight of them: valine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine and tryptophan. The ninth amino acid, histidine, is only essential for infants. Your body doesn’t store amino acids, so it needs a regular daily supply of these essential building blocks.

Essential Amino Acids

Essential amino acids need to be included in the diet. There are handful of amino acids as you know but the one I’m going to mention here is leucine. “This amino acid directly contributes to muscle protein synthesis. It affects the ability to recover from both stress and exercise. Leucine facilitates cell growth as well as the formation of sterols which are used in the process of forming hormones like estrogen and testosterone.” Make sure the amino acid, leucine, is also in that whey protein shake you drink post workout. This will improve your chances for muscle growth. Research has shown just 1.5 grams of leucine can provide adequate stimulation for muscle protein synthesis. Other research has shown that 3 grams of leucine alone stimulates protein synthesis in young men.

Conditional Essential Amino Acids

You usually hear about essential and non-essential amino acids only. Conditional essential includes 8 amino acids that are specifically needed in the body under certain conditions like stress, exercise, aging, etc.

Some of the Best Protein Sources for Muscle Growth

1. Beef, Pork, Wild Game (especially if it’s grass-fed)

2. Poultry (i.e. chicken, turkey)

3. Eggs (the yolk contains most of the nutrients; also 185 mg cholesterol)

4. Fish & Seafood

5. Dairy (i.e. cottage cheese and plain Greek yogurt)

**Additional food sources like Tempeh, Tofu, Beans, and Nuts.

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Healthy food high in protein. Meat, fish, dairy products, nuts and beans

Did You Know…

Did you know that foods like broccoli (3 grams), baked potato (4 grams), avocado (4 grams), and a cup of quinoa (5 grams) also contain adequate amounts of protein. Add these healthy food options as “sides” with the main course mentioned above. They will also help meet your daily protein requirements to ensure muscle growth.

Great Recipe: Moroccan Lamb Stew (bonus recipe, contains 38 grams of protein)

What you’ll need to turn this into your dinner for tonight:

Canola oil (2 Tbsp)
Cubed lamb stew meat (2 lbs.)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 cinnamon stick
One (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup pimento-stuffed green olives
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 cups beef broth

How to Make It:
1. In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the lamb, season well with salt and pepper, and cook until well browned, 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Add the garlic, onion, and carrots and saute until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add the coriander, cumin, and cinnamon stick. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chickpeas, apricots, green olives, tomatoes (with their juices), reserved lamb, and beef broth. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the lamb is very tender, 60 to 90 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Feeds 6

Nutrition per serving: 495 calories, 38g protein, 46g carbs, 10 g fiber, 16g fat (Credit: Paul Kita, Men’s Health Magazine)

How Much Protein Do I Really Need?

The average, healthy adult needs 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram per body weight. BUT, if your strength training and want to add muscle mass, that number needs to increase. See the protein recommendations (below) published by Precision Nutrition, found in The Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition, 3rd edition pp. 216. They offer a great online nutrition certification course BTW, I actually took it a few years ago.

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Protein Requirements

Questions for you. What do you consider the best choice for protein intake? How much protein are you taking in on a daily basis? For muscle growth to actually occur, sufficient protein requirements need to be met. Also important are adequate training stimulus and plenty of recovery (between workouts and sleep). Think of it as a three pronged approach. Enjoy! Eat Well. Stay Strong!

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Announcing JEFIT Elite!

Hello All,

We are excited to announced that we have released JEFIT Elite!

JEFIT Elite – http://www.jefit.com/elite/

Elite is our new paid website subscription that will give you more features and functionalities on the website so that you get the most our of your JEFIT App, Statistic Tracking and usage of your Online JEFIT Profile.

We know with these new features, you will get more out of tracking your workouts and progression to keep pushing yourself forward to achieve your fitness goals.

Elite Features

  • Advertisement Free
  • Training and Progress Reports
  • Workout Summaries
  • Premium Workout Routines
  • Unlimited Workout Routine Downloading and Storing
  • Printer Friendly Format for Routines and Workout Summaries
  • Elite Badge
  • Access to Priority Support
  • Supporting the JEFIT Team and Further Feature Development

Advertisement Free : With your elite status, all ads will be removed allowing for a better experience on the JEFIT Website

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Training and Progress Reports : Get detailed workout reports and stats for the effort that you have been putting into your training and recorded logs.

One of the top features of JEFIT Elite, you will receive training reports for the logs and workouts that you record via the JEFIT App / Website. You will be able to view stats based upon the current week, month, past 30 days, 3 months, current year and lifetime’s worth of training and logs recorded.

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Our newest body part distribution feature, will help you see how you have delegated your training with each body part. As you perform your workout routine and work each body part, JEFIT will take this data and produce a chart to help you see how you have been training each part of your body, allowing you to adjust your workouts to train and strengthen your weaker areas.

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Workout Summaries : As you record your workouts with the app, you will receive a workout summary of the training you have just performed.

Via your elite account, you will be able to view your summary progress for all workouts that you have performed using the application.

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Premium Workout Routines : With access to premium workout routines, you can download lengthier and more detailed training programs designed specifically for our elite members.

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Unlimited Workout Routine Downloading and Storing : Along with these premium workout routines, elite members are able to create and download an unlimited amount of programs to their profiles.

Printer Friendly Format for Routines and Workout Summaries : Using the printer option, you are now able to print out your workout routines to share with friends, take with you to the gym, or for your personal trainer

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Elite Badge : As an elite member you will receive stylish badge on your profile to let others know that you are committed and passionate about your health and fitness goals

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Access To Priority Support : As an Elite member, you can count on the JEFIT Support team to provide you with fast and efficient customer support for all emails and questions. Requests will be processed and responded to within 48 business hours.

  • Emails
  • Tutorial Help
  • Bak Files (Android App Assistance)
  • Feedback and Suggestions
  • Bug Reports

Supporting the JEFIT Team and Further Feature Development : Most of all through your elite subscription, you are supporting the JEFIT Team.

Has JEFIT been helping improve your life, well being and workouts? We hope so. With the payment of your elite subscription, you are keeping JEFIT alive so that we can continue providing you this service we love and hire more developers and designers to work on new features and updates.

Pricing of Elite

As stated above, JEFIT Elite is our monthly/yearly subscription service for the website in which user’s can receive additional features to improve their usage of the JEFIT App as well as tracking their workout progress and stats.

Members are able to subscribe to 2 separate payment options, the monthly and yearly.

A monthly elite subscription will cost $4.99 per month, giving you access to Elite Features for an entire month from the time you have made your purchase. If you enjoy the features provided by JEFIT Elite during your month usage you are able to set your reoccurring payments ON so that you can continue to use JEFIT Elite. You may also upgrade to a yearly subscription of $39.99

For a yearly subscription of JEFIT, it will cost $39.99 for the whole year. A $20 savings compared to purchasing JEFIT Elite monthly for the entire year. This is will guarantee you access to JEFIT Elite features and access to additional features released for elite through an entire year since the purchase you have made for the subscription.

JEFIT Elite – http://www.jefit.com/elite/

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Development Of New Elite Features

As this is the first release of JEFIT Elite, we have provided a great amount of features for users to get the most of their workout tracking and usage of the JEFIT app.

BUT these are not the only features that we will have for JEFIT Elite Members, we will continue to update and introduce new features and functions to the service.

We have many ideas and features to be added into the service and will continue to update this elite subscription so that users get even more benefits of using JEFIT and tracking their progress on the website.

Along with these features provided by elite on the website, in turn some of these elite functions will be provided on the JEFIT Application, stay tuned for more information about the integration of elite between the applications and website.

We are extremely excited about this release of JEFIT Elite and know that our members will get the most out of tracking their workout progress and stats with a subscription to elite!

Thank you all for your continuous support!

– The JEFIT Team

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JEFIT Android Update Released – Version 5.0909

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve updated our app for the Android, both JEFIT Free and Pro.

This update contains a significant amount of feature additions, bug fixes, UI tweaks, performance enhancements and much much more.

Changes in Newest Release

1.) Workout Time Tracker Button

– In this new update we have added the new workout time tracker that will calculate the amount of time that it took to perform your current workout routine along with your session use of JEFIT.

You are able to initiate the workout time tracking functionality either through clicking on the button at the top of the exercise list page or clicking on an exercise.

At the end of your workout the application will provide for you a workout summary page that will list detail information about the workout you have just completed.

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2.) Workout Summary Page

– You are now able to view your workout summary at the end of your routine, just before synchronization.

On this workout summary page you will be able to view :

  • Session Length
  • Actual Workout Time
  • Total Rest Time
  • Total Time Wasted
  • Exercises Performed
  • New Records
  • Total Weight Lifted

JEFIT Workout Summary

3.) Added View Online Progress Button to Sync Page and Stats Page

– We have added a blue “View Online Progress” button on both the synchronization page as well as the Stats Page so that you can view your workout and body progress online as well as check your news feed to see the progress of your friends on the fly.

4.) Social Media Page / Website Connectivity

– Social Media has become a major staple within fitness and working out, for both keeping track of your progress and to receive feedback/motivation from your friends.

We have added the new social button on the main page that will connect you to the JEFIT Website and your My-JEFIT News Feed Hub.

On this page you will be able to update your status, comment on your friend’s status’s/updates, add users as friends and respond to messages sent by other JEFIT Members.

We wanted our users to easily connect to their pages and post up an update so that they can get the feedback from their friends and followers on the JEFIT Website. This provides encouragement to help you push forward and strive to achieve your fitness goals.

At the moment this is a basic functionality but will be leading into much deeper functionality and features for social media connectivity, posting and usage through JEFIT.

The Buttons are listed on the top of the page as followed.

  • News Feed
  • Friends List
  • Messages

JEFIT Social Media

5.) New Getting Started Page for New Users

– For new users and those who open JEFIT for the first time, there will be a brand new Get Started page that will introduce you to JEFIT and the features that are in the application and website.

6.) Add Descriptions into Custom Exercises

– We have now allowed for users to add their own descriptions into custom exercises. Previously you were only able to put in some detail exercise information such as body part worked or the name of the exercise but with this update you can list how to perform the exercise as well with the description.

7.) Cardio Exercises – Interval Timer Updates Duration

– When you are performing/recording a cardio exercise, by using the interval timer, the application will automatically update the duration field to easily track and recording your cardio exercises.

8.) Auto Synchronization When Opening Application

– When opening up JEFIT with each usage, the application will automatically synchronize your data to the database.

This is beneficial for those who forgot to synchronize their data the day before or have an excess amount of logs that they need to synchronize over.

No data will be lost and all information will be saved and stored upon opening the application.

9.) JEFIT Free – Moved Ads from top of the page to the bottom

– We have moved the advertisements on JEFIT Free from the top of the screen to the bottom to allow for easier viewing of each page in the application and flow of the buttons/content.

10.) Exercise Database Changes

– To continue to improve our ever expanding exercise database, we have made some recording changes to improve recording your logs and description changes to easily understand how to perform said exercises.

11.) User Interface Changes and Tweaks

– We’ve worked hard to ensure that JEFIT provides an experience that meets and exceeds your expectations, so we have made a few UI changes and tweaks to various pages highlighting exercise detail, 1RM progress achievements and more.

12.) Bug Fixes and Performance Enhancements

We have also made various bug changes and performance enhancements to make the overall usage of JEFIT Free a much easier, enjoyable and fluid experience.

Download the Latest Update Now

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What is Next and Ongoing

1.) iPhone/iOS Major Update

Now that we have completed this update our next focus is on the iPhone/iOS Update which we are planning a major update to include the features/functionalities from the previous 2 Android Updates.

2.) Ongoing Website Updates and Changes to My-JEFIT Pages

– We are continuing to update and improve the functionality and usage of the My-JEFIT Profile Pages. This has been an ongoing process and we will be adding new features to help you track and view your progress easier on the website.

* Reminder * : Please send all of your emails, questions, feedback, reviews and suggestions requests to support@jefit.com or post on the App/Website Questions on the Forums

Don’t forget to like our Facebook Page, Follow us on Twitter, Add us to your Inner Circle on Google + and review us on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play Stores!

JEFIT Facebook

JEFIT Twitter

JEFIT Google Plus

We thank you all for your support and patience as we worked on this latest Android Update.

We hope you all enjoy and please give provide us with your feedback and reviews from this update so that we can continue to improve our product/services!

– JEFIT Development Team

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