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What Is the Active Ingredient in Zepbound® and How Does It Work?

Zepbound’s effectiveness in weight management stems from its key ingredient, tirzepatide. Tirzepatide functions by mimicking two key hormones in the body that play a role in appetite and blood sugar control.

GLP-1 Mimic: One way tirzepatide works is by acting like a natural gut hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). When GLP-1 is released after eating, it sends signals to the brain that you’re feeling full, which helps curb cravings and reduce overall calorie intake. By mimicking GLP-1, tirzepatide essentially helps you feel satisfied sooner and for longer after meals.

Dual-Hormone Action: What sets tirzepatide apart from semaglutide and other weight-loss medications is its effect on another hormone, gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP). While GLP-1 primarily targets appetite reduction, GIP is involved in both appetite and insulin release. By influencing both hormones, tirzepatide may provide a more comprehensive approach to weight management. The combined effects may not only help you feel fuller for longer but also potentially improve how your body processes sugar and fat, further promoting weight loss.

Remember, Zepbound (tirzepatide) is a prescription medication and should only be used under a doctor’s guidance. They can help you determine if it’s the right approach for your weight management goals and create a plan that incorporates healthy lifestyle changes alongside the medication for optimal results.