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The fact that I could do it! I've tried every diet, and struggled with all of them. I wouldn't call fasting easy, but I was surprised that it wasn't as hard as it sounded!
I think what surprised me was how easy it was to deal with hunger. It was something I had previously avoided, because I always felt like I would go out of my head, but that feeling passes pretty quickly. Have a drink of water, get busy with something, and it goes just like that.

Also, I was surprised at how well it worked. I had had success with diets in the past, but not so much around the time I tried 5:2 (or 4:3 in my case). All my old tricks stopped working. So it was a pleasant surprise that I had a fairly steady downward trajectory.
What surprised me most when I started fasting? That I had no idea what it was like to actually be physically hungry. I hadn't allowed myself to get actually physically hungry -- Sure, I was often hungry for other reasons (boredom, emotional reasons, habit). But I ate so often that I had no idea what actual physical hunger was.

And I had no idea that it's okay to be hungry, that I could go five hours without eating and wouldn't pass out, and that when you're actually hungry, even the healthiest food tastes great. Now I say "if I'm not hungry enough to eat an apple or carrots, I'm not actually hungry."
I did find it easy! I didn't feel hungry the day after a fast day. The weight came off consistently and at a steady pace, which had never happened before. I could go out on a fast day and watch my husband eating cake etc and I was quite hapy to sit there virtuously with a mint tea without feeling envy because I knew I was finally in control.
I think my surprise was much the same as Chris P and nycnyc - 5:2 was a diet I could follow without much difficulty, and I did so until I had lost more weight than I would have thought possible.

I haven't dieted much in my life - and that no doubt helped this time - but that was partly because I could never stick with anything that required me just to "cut down a bit" or not eat certain foods.

So when I read about 5:2, I thought this was something I could do and I did. (So maybe it wasn't a surprise!!)
I remember my first fast day well. I was surprised that it was so difficult. I thought I was going to die! Now fasting has become very easy. I am so glad I managed that first day.
That it is possible to work without eating the whole day. And mayby even More that next morning you are nottaa very hungry.
Easy to fast until 1 p.m. With a cup of black coffee in the early morning, of course!
What surprised me was that it was relatively easy to fast, and that hunger was nothing to be afraid of. Having said that, after a while, I found that I didn't get very hungry on non-fast days, so I was able to radically alter my way of eating so that, even now, more often than not, I tend to just eat one meal a day.
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