FIONA BAKER

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - FRONT PAGE -

I’ve al­ways been a bit of a scoffer of the Fe­bru­ary fasters. Not be­cause I think ditch­ing al­co­hol for a month a year is such a bad thing, it’s just that my birth­day is in Fe­bru­ary, and th­ese dry di­eters can kill the party buzz when they’re re­fus­ing a glass of toast­ing sparkling or to par­take of my fruity pavlova. But sci­en­tif­i­cally speak­ing, is a month of de­pri­va­tion a good thing for mind and body? See page 4 for guid­ance. Talk­ing de­pri­va­tion, our gor­geous cover star, J.Lo, ad­mits that her rock­ing bod doesn’t come eas­ily – she’s had to put in the hard yards to en­sure she keeps up the en­ergy to work the stage and keep up with her twins. Read about her reg­i­men on page 6. En­joy! the out­comes of things that used to be fun,” Jor­dan Etkin, a pro­fes­sor at Duke Univer­sity in the US, says.

Etkin found that peo­ple weren’t com­pelled to con­tinue th­ese once-plea­sur­able ac­tiv­i­ties when they stopped mea­sur­ing re­sults. The an­swer? Leave the wrist bling at home when do­ing things for fun.

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