Sugar has benefits but like everything else, it should be consumed moderately. Our body strives for balance. Anything extreme like all-meat, low-carb, all-fruit, the paleo diet, veganism or whatever else, including Peat’s high-sugar diet, all damage our bodies. When things are in balance, that’s when our bodies are the healthiest.
We even need sufficient amount of estrogen, serotonin, cortisol and so on. Health problems occur when they’re out of their respective ranges. Ray Peat wants to lower serotonin, but a high-sugar diet increases serotonin. So, he lowers it by taking various supplements. This is extreme and not what balance is all about. Besides, consuming fructose has caused me to gain 32 lbs during my Peating months. What looks good in research papers doesn’t always translate into applications in the real world. It’s all about context, and Ray’s community lacks it. All these research papers posted on the Ray Peat Forum or anywhere else all lack context.
If you’re low in serotonin, lowering it more devastates you. If deficient in iron, you need to increase your intake and not lower it like Ray Peat recommends. RAY PEAT FORUM MEMBER STRONGBAD, APRIL 29, 2016
It’s about balance and moderation. Problems happen when intakes are either excessive or inadequate. When I eat balanced meals, such as meat with green vegetables and brown or white rice, my body returns to a state of health.
I’m now back to 163 lbs, whereas I used to be 192 lbs while Peating. I now no longer have symptoms of adrenal fatigue, cravings for sugary food every three hours, or symptoms of insulin resistance or pre-diabetes. My body temperature hovers around 98.5 degrees Fahrenheit. I have no more candida overgrowth, and I’m not tired at all. I also don’t suffer from jitters or midnight arousal from low blood sugar and so on.
Ray Peat is not a god. He’s a man like everyone else. I’m pretty sure he makes mistakes or errors every now and then.
To be honest, his body chemistry is rather rare; he’s considered a High 4 body chemistry. What he recommends is not suitable for majority of people. It’s even more pronounced when a person is of a different race, where their biological chemistry is different. The fact that i’m growing more hair follicles in previously bald spots means that I’m on the right track. Only when i followed all these fad diets that my health tanked, Peat diet included. I’m just saying that all these theories in this forum are useless the moment they’re put to use in the real world.
There’s an endless debate between sugar vs. starch, coffee vs. non-coffee, high-fat vs low-fat and so on.
At the end of the day, it’s all about eating foods to which our body responds the best. For mine, it’s an equal amount of everything, all except for sugar, dairy and gluten.
By the way, have you noticed that everyone here who tried the Peat-approach with supplements rarely improved? If they do, it’s only in the initial phase, and they later plummet down to the ground.
I haven’t seen anyone here who completely cured themselves of hypothyroidism, especially hair loss, even despite a referral from Danny Roddy. The trend that I see here is that a person’s health worsens for the most part. Some of them are even veterans, having been on the forum for years.
Most of them gain fat, become bloated and develop SIBO or digestive issues. Some start to get candida overgrowth symptoms, stomach problems, adrenals and jittery, as in heart palpation, issues. They wake up in the middle of the night, and so on. If that’s what getting “healthy” is like, then I’d rather be out.