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Life on the ‘Jan Plan’

More and more Americans are opting to cork the bottle as part of “Dry January,” the custom of going sober for the first 31 days of the new year. Still, it’s no easy feat—and according to Dr. Christian Jessen, it’s not a particularly healthy one either. “At the very least, a dry January is a complete waste of time health-wise. At worst, it’s actually bad for you because most people go back to boozing with a vengeance in February.”

Read the stories of four people who’ve made it an annual tradition to swear off booze for the first month of the year as part of a physical and mental reboot they claim perfectly centers them for the year to come here.

The Best of All the Rest:

The Battle to Bring Booze to Sober Island

A young woman’s plan to start a brewing company on a rural Nova Scotian island is drawing fire from locals

The Normal Person’s Workout Guide

The first installment of our new series — The Normal Person’s Workout

5 People Committed to Making 2017 Suck Less

Everyone agrees 2016 was a dumpster fire. But who’s working to help make sure this year isn’t worse?

My Father the Wild Man, Larger Than Life

Growing up a ‘careless man’s careful daughter’ taught me how little we can really know our parents

When Did Six-Packs Become Beautiful?

Shredded abs are the most desired body trait for the modern male, and you can blame the ’80s for that

How to Keep Off the Weight, According to a ‘Biggest Loser’

No one knows the struggle of maintaining weight loss like Danny Cahill, who lost nearly 250 pounds on ‘The Biggest Loser’

Arnold Schwarzenegger Wants to Throw Up When He Looks at Himself in the Mirror

He’s just the latest male celebrity to open up about hating his appearance — which is a good thing