Obesity Medicine Specialists & Bioidentical Hormone Specialists in Littleton, CO

Welcome To Why Weight

Why Weight in Littleton, Colorado, aims to simplify and streamline the weight-loss process. Led by board-certified obesity medicine specialist, Debra Salter, MD, Why Weight uses state-of-the-art equipment to assess overall health and metabolism to develop personalized weight-loss programs that optimize health and wellness.

With their physician-led weight-loss program, Why Weight provides ongoing support and education that empower patients to discover and uncover their more vibrant, energized, and empowered self.

The practice not only specializes in weight loss and obesity but also offers evaluations and management for stress, metabolic nutritional deficiencies, eating disorders, and sleep disorders. Why Weight also offers nutritional management services to help patients take control of their health and their chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

For patient convenience, Why Weight performs lab testing to assess health and wellness so they can create the most effective health plan.

To schedule a consultation, call Why Weight or book an appointment online today.

Weight Loss

Despite the many options for losing weight, you’re not alone if you seem to lose and gain the same weight over and over again. Dedicated to helping you get off the weight-loss roller coaster, board-certified obesity medicine specialist Debra Salter, MD, at Why Weight offers a comprehensive physician-guided weight-loss program designed specifically for you.

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Nutritional Mangement

What you eat not only affects your weight but also your health. Board-certified obesity medicine specialist Debra Salter, MD, and nutrition therapy master Jennie, at Why Weight in Littleton, Colorado, offer nutritional management services to optimize your overall health and well-being.

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Hormone Replacement

Hormones play a significant role in the management of many body processes, including your metabolism. Men and women both experience changes in hormone levels as they get older, which may make it harder to lose weight. We will help you to lose weight and feel and perform at your best.

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Stress Management

Stress is a normal body reaction to high-demand situations. Though designed to protect you in life-threatening situations, more and more people are struggling with chronic stress from the demands of their daily lives. Chronic stress affects many aspects of your health, including your weight.

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Eating Disorders

Nearly 30 million people in the United States will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Eating disorders are serious medical conditions that affect mental and physical health.

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Weight Loss

Nutritional Mangement

Hormone Replacement

Stress Management

Eating Disorders

Very passionate about helping people, takes the time to help work through individual needs. I am happy I made the choice to come in, I am excited for the journey to good health

Michael R.

Dr Salter explained more to me about my bloodwork and test results than all the explanations I have received in the past 10 years from other medical professionals. I feel confident in her guidance and my personal wellness plan!

Thom C.

Dr. Salter is amazing; not only because of her medical knowledge, but also because she can impart that information in a way that I can easily understand and remember. If you want to loose weight and keep it off., she is the doctor to help you do it.

Janice G.

Meet Our Providers

Debra Salter, MD

After 30 plus years as a board-certified family medicine and ER physician, Debra Salter, MD, followed her passion and opened her five-star rated obesity and metabolism center, Why Weight. Located in Littleton, Colorado, she draws patients locally and internationally. Dr. Salter is one of four physicians with an active certification in obesity medicine in the state of Colorado.

Dr. Salter was born and raised in Albuquerque and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has been in medical practice since completing her medical degree and family medicine residency at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, New York.

Throughout her career, Dr. Salter has gravitated toward mentoring and leadership positions. She has served as Clinical Professor for FM Residency in Grand Junction, an urgent care medical director for the state of Colorado, a member of the Medical Board of Directors for Community Hospital, and a member of the Nutritional Counsel on Obesity. She is a published clinical researcher and is currently active with projects related to obesity, genetics, and metabolic disorders.

Dr. Salter has been married for over 40 years. She has three children, two dogs, and lives in Indian Hills, Colorado. She plays flute and sings in a Celtic band with her husband. She has co-authored a fictional novel, a children’s book, and medical education booklets. She loves to quilt, hike, camp, and mountain climb.

Wallace Salter, MD

Dr. Wallace Salter graduated from SUNY at Buffalo Medical School and board certified in Family Medicine. He has over 30 years of experience in Family and Emergency Medicine.

He is excited to be part of Why Weight and to offer his expertise in testosterone replacement, weight loss, cardiovascular risk reduction, and aid in improving his patient’s general wellness. He is caring, compassionate, and a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather.

In his free time he loves to hike with his dogs, ski, collect antique guns, play guitar, and piano, and has written over 30 songs. He and his wife of over 40 years, Debra, co-authored a medical thriller and continue to collaborate on works of medical fiction.

Jennie Grunert

Registered Dietician Nutritionist & Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist

Jennie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. Her role is to help people meet their health goals through food and behavior modification. She has over 10 years of experience working with various diabetes programs, non-profits organizations and other hospitals all around Alaska. Her favorite thing about being a dietitian is working with people and their family.

Jennie graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science with a specialization in Human Nutrition in 2007. She did her Dietetic Internship at Loma Linda University in California. From there she took her first job at BBAHC as the Dietitian for the Diabetes program. There is where she found her passion for helping people prevent and control their diabetes with food. She received her Certified Diabetes Educator certificate (now known as Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist) while working at Southcentral Foundation. Although she enjoyed the convenience of living in Anchorage, Jennie always fancied the village life.

Jennie moved to Alaska in 2012. She fell in love with Alaska and has never left…Except for vacations. She lives in Chignik Lagoon with her husband, 2 daughters and their dog. She enjoys fishing, boating, gardening, and hiking.

Stephen Hood

Personal Trainer

A University at Buffalo graduate and former Navy Diving Medical Technician, I now specialize in finding exercise solutions for people who are trying to shed some weight and/or improve their overall health and wellbeing. As a Corpsman and Navy Diver, I was fortunate to work and train alongside many amazing people in some of the top US military Special Operation’s units. The values I learned there, I now carry to my clients through my commitment to understanding their needs and goals and my sense of duty towards helping them to achieve those goals in a safe manner. I approach every interaction with honesty, integrity, and my client’s best interests at heart.

I am passionate about educating my clients throughout every step of the process with clear, concise, and easy-to-understand explanations and demonstrations, so they can make the most out of every training session. While I am knowledgeable and hardworking, at the end of the day when it is all said and done, I genuinely care about you the client, and your well-being.

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