Weight Loss Specialist

Utah Endocrinology Associates

Located in Salt Lake City, American Fork, and South Ogden, UT

Studies show that the risk of heart problems increases by 4% for every one-point increase in your body mass index (BMI). Alireza Falahati, MD, FACE, and the team at Utah Endocrinology Associates have extensive experience helping patients achieve their weight loss goals, beginning with advanced basal metabolic rate testing that precisely determines your calorie needs. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking feature or call one of the offices in Salt Lake City, American Fork, and Ogden, Utah.

Weight Loss Q & A

How does excess weight affect my health?

The cells that store extra fat, called adipose cells, actively release hormones and chemicals that directly influence your metabolism and cause body-wide inflammation. These changes gradually affect your health and increase your risk for problems such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Obesity may also increase your chance of developing breast, endometrial, and colon cancers.

What benefits will I gain from physician-supervised weight loss?

Hormone imbalances are one of the biggest reasons it’s hard to lose weight and continue to maintain a healthy weight. Here are two examples:


Leptin regulates your basal metabolic rate and fat burning over the long term. People who are overweight have high leptin levels, which makes it hard to lose weight because the hormone makes you hungry despite excessive fat storage.


Ghrelin is a hormone that stimulates your appetite and promotes fat storage. After you lose weight and stop dieting, ghrelin levels increase, making it hard to maintain your weight loss.

As a hormone expert, Dr. Falahati assesses and treats problems with hormones that influence your weight and your weight loss efforts.

When you decide to begin weight loss management at Utah Endocrinology Associates, you gain a team of medical professionals dedicated to helping you meet your goals. You’re more likely to succeed when you have the ongoing support and encouragement of a team who cares about your health.

What services support my weight loss?

Your weight loss program begins with a complete physical exam and blood testing to be sure you don’t have health problems that need treatment or that could affect your weight loss.

The team at Utah Endocrinology Associates also performs a total body composition analysis and determines your basal metabolic rate using highly advanced equipment that measures the oxygen your body consumes.

After they determine how many calories your body burns while you’re at rest, they can customize your weight loss plan and pinpoint the precise caloric intake you need to lose weight.

Dr. Falahati and the team provide dietary counseling and meal planning, nutritional support, and exercise recommendations that work for your health and lifestyle. In some cases, Dr. Falahati may prescribe short-term medications that boost your weight loss.

If you’re ready to lose weight, call Utah Endocrinology Associates or book an appointment online.