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Is Leptin Sabotaging Your Weight?

By Lucy Rose Clinic

December 14, 2020

Your thyroid hormones are the main thing controlling the speed of your metabolism, and signs of weight gain are one of the first things to occur when your thyroid function begins to decline.

But did you know, when coupled with poor sugar metabolism in the body, and high LEPTIN, this is a recipe for weight issues, unbalanced energy through the day, and mood swings!

Plus losing weight becomes hard, even with severe calorie restrictions.

Leptin – The Obesity Hormone

Leptin is secreted by fat cells, and levels of leptin normally increase with the accumulation of fat. This results in a series of physiological responses that cause the body to burn fat rather than continue to store the excess. It also decreases appetite and increases the production of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which speeds up the metabolism to use up excess calories.


When there is leptin resistance, the brain is not getting the signal that there is adequate fat storage, despite a high amount of leptin in the blood. When the body loses weight, the amount of leptin reduces, and the brain interprets this as a starvation risk, so your hunger increases substantially, which is why so many people fail with dieting.

Signs that your hour hormones are sabotaging your weight loss.

  • Weight loss with sudden fast weight gain due to increased appetite.
  • Yo-yo dieting pattern.
  • Results of weight loss just don’t stick.
  • Cellulite deposits

The Thyroid Connection – rT3

Scientific studies have shown that high levels of leptin and rT3 (reverse T3 the inactive thyroid hormone) play a role in regulating weight and metabolism and are altered in level and function when a patient is suffering from hypothyroidism.

Conclusion: Leptin, and rT3 must be checked in a thorough pathology workup to stop the undermining of your weight loss efforts.

Dealing with an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) is much more common than people realise, with estimates suggesting that at least 40% of women unknowingly have this condition.

The thyroid system is not like a clutch on a car. It is a very intricate system of hormones, nutrients, enzymes, and biochemical processes, all needing to work well together to have a normal healthy metabolism. When several parts of this fluid chain of events aren’t working well, then we see symptoms like weight gain, cholesterol issues, fatigue and more. (Check your symptoms below)

This is why Doctors often test TSH to say it is fine yet you don’t feel fine – they aren’t testing ALL the factors that can result in sub-optimal action in your body, brain, and tissues, which must all be working well to result in a good metabolism.

Chronic inflammation – the fuel for the fire.

This inflammation can be caused by a variety of factors, and must be addressed to help get this vicious hormonal cycle under control:

  • Food intolerances
  • Toxin load such as heavy metals can cause high inflammation
  • Medication and medical implants
  • Infections
  • Iodine deficiency
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Pain – any pain in the body is a sign of inflammation

Leptin has multiple factors, and treating stubborn leptin resistance does not happen with simple diet changes.

So if you want to focus on YOU, and start solid goals to live your healthiest life, then book your call in this week so we can get started!

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“Came to the clinic feeling like a sloth no energy or motivation. Have changed my whole life style and feel amazing already, still have some work to do but getting there.” M.C.

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  • Book an appointment time to suit your schedule.
  • Speak with a Lucy Rose naturopath and ask any questions about your symptoms.
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