Please understand that salt is not bad for you and has been demonized by the medical industry to the point of lunacy. You need salt because good salt contains lots of electrolytes that your body needs desperately. It is the balance between sodium and potassium that is important here, not limiting your salt intake. Sodium puts nutrients into cells and potassium removes toxins from the cells. If you eat a good "air dried sea salt" you will get a good balance and that is important part of hydration. You need to figure how much water your body needs each day to be functional, take 1/2 your weight and that number is the number of ounces of water you need each day.
The weight loss will be also very dependent upon how much good fats you consume each day. The less fat you consume, the more problems with weight you will have. If you eat the wrong fats, your body will store that as fat along with toxins and your liver will become a fat factory if you eat those low fat, non fat diet garbage.
The weight you put on the thighs, hips, and waste come from the liver producing fats, not what you are eating. The adipose tissue produces Leptin, a hormone that regulates how your body utilizes insulin and glucagon. When you don't get good fats into your diet, your body thinks you are starving and causes the fats to be stored in the thighs, hips, and stomach areas.
Make sure any sea food you eat is WILD fish, not farm raised. Farm raised fish have little omega 3 fatty acids because they feed them garbage, GRAINS. Any animals fed grains will create problems for you in the form of toxins. You need good fats in your diet to properly metabolize proteins. Excess protein and carbs in your diet are converted to saturated fats that end up on the hips and thighs, and stomach.
Exercise will increase your metabolism. Eating any soy will slow your metabolism down; avoid it.
30% of your diet should be fats and you should get most of your calories you eat from fat, not carbs. Keep the carbs to 75 mg. per day maximum. Ratio of fats: 60% monounsaturated (like from olive oil), 30% saturated (from coconut oils & butter (raw made from raw cream of grass fed cows), and 10% polyunsaturated from nuts and seeds. AVOID all vegetable oils like soybean, canola, cottonseed, and corn oils. They are all death to the body. Avoid all hydrogenated oils, trans fats, and things like margarine.
Avoid ALL grains, sugar, and cornstarch.
You will be amazed at how well all this will work for you. No more plateauing, ups and down swings, etc.
good luck to you
CNT, B.A. biology & chemistry
advanced nutritional research