Noami Saxe and John Genovesi have had trouble shedding their own body fat, and are looking for help.
"People asked me if I was pregnant because my belly is big, and it was a very upsetting question," Saxe told Inside Edition.
"I felt like I was carrying like a weight around with me, like a bowling ball or something,” Genovesi added.
Belly fat is not only unsightly — it can also be really unhealthy, according to Bauer, author of the new book "Joy's Simple Food Remedies."
heart disease, cancer, diabetes, so it's really important that everybody works to trim their middle,” Bauer told Inside Edition. " data-reactid="36">“It's called visceral fat and it's wrapped around your organs. It increases inflammation, and it puts you at higher risk for things like metabolic syndrome, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, so it's really important that everybody works to trim their middle,” Bauer told Inside Edition.
She put Saxe and Genovesi on a diet designed to reduce bulging midsections.
The first thing on the menu was salmon.
“It's busting with protein,” Bauer said. “It's also one of the richest food sources of vitamin D, and vitamin D can help signal belly fat cells to burn off."
Everyone knows that broccoli is good for you, but it has an added benefit.
“Broccoli's one of the few vegetables that also has a nice amount of calcium, and calcium can help target belly fat,” Bauer said.
Greek yogurt is another great choice.
"It provides probiotics to the body, which increases the good bacteria in the gut, which can also play a big part in reducing belly fat," she added.
The final two foods were artichokes and onions, which are prebiotics.
“Prebiotics feed the probiotics, which helps promote a healthy weight and a healthy midsection,” Bauer said.
After five weeks on Bauer's diet, Genovesi and Saxe saw significant improvement.
Saxe dropped from a 40-inch waist to 35 inches.
Genovesi started off with a 44-inch waist and is now down to 40 inches.
Read excerpts from "Joy's Simple Food Remedies" below: