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Can Tirzepatide Help You Lose Weight?

Feb 01, 2024
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If you’re one of the millions of Americans struggling to lose weight, you might be wondering if FDA-approved tirzepatide can help. Keep reading to learn more.

Are you struggling to lose weight and wondering if the new weight-loss drug, tirzepatide, could be the key to unlocking success? You’re not alone! Nearly 2 billion adults worldwide are overweight, and around 650 million struggle with obesity. 

Tirzepatide — the active ingredient in brand-name drugs like Mounjaro® and Zepbound® — is an FDA-approved injectable chronic weight management medication, and it can be a game changer for weight loss. 

At Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers Pompano Beach in South Florida, our weight management specialists use medications like tirzepatide to help our clients reach and maintain a healthy weight. Keep reading to learn how this new drug can help you lose weight.  

Understanding tirzepatide and how it works

Tirzepatide is a scientifically created treatment that targets specific body functions related to weight loss. It mimics two hormones your body naturally produces: glucagon-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). 

Your body releases these hormones when you eat. They slow down the emptying of your stomach, helping you feel full so you don’t keep eating. They also trigger the release of insulin, which helps convert your food to energy and regulates where fat cells get deposited in your body.

Injections of tirzepatide help you feel fuller with less food, so you eat fewer calories. That enables you to lose weight. In addition, the medication also helps your body better regulate blood sugar levels.  

The medication is highly effective, with many medical studies showing positive effects. On average, tirzepatide helps about 88% of users lose weight compared to those taking a placebo. 

However, as with any medication, tirzepatide comes with some potential side effects. The most common include the following: 

  • Nausea 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Reduced appetite 
  • Vomiting 

As your body adjusts to the medication, these side effects typically subside. 

Who can take tirzepatide

Tirzepatide is especially beneficial for people who struggle with obesity or weight-related health concerns. If you’ve tried dieting and exercise but haven’t succeeded, the medication could be the key to your weight loss. 

However, tirzepatide is a prescription drug, and it’s not for everyone. For example, if you have a history of severe GI disease, endocrine disorders, or pancreatitis, you shouldn’t take tirzepatide. Other contraindications may also exist. 

Therefore, seeing a medical provider is important to learn if the medication is right for you. At Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers Pompano Beach, we evaluate your weight, health history, and co-existing conditions to determine whether you’re a tirzepatide candidate. 

Starting your weight loss journey with tirzepatide

At Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers Pompano Beach, we create a personalized weight-loss plan to meet your unique medical needs, lifestyle factors, and personal preferences. 

If we determine that tirzepatide is right for you, you can expect to get an injection of the drug, typically once a week. The length of time you take tirzepatide varies based on your needs, but most people are on the medication for at least 3-4 months. 

Since the medication works best with dietary changes and an active lifestyle, your weight-loss counselor works with you to create a plan that includes tirzepatide as well as other interventions, such as: 

  • Customized food guidance and diet planning
  • Meal replacement options
  • Fat-burning and wellness injections
  • Exercise and fitness planning

You’ll meet with a team member each week to measure your progress and adjust your plan as needed, considering readings from the scale and your body composition analyses. 

Ready to learn if tirzepatide is right for you? Schedule a consultation online or over the phone with a weight-loss specialist at Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers Pompano Beach in South Florida.