which compounds my frustration since most people talk about how they lose 10-20 lbs in their first week and I am stuck so early on.
Ignore those statements. Dramatic weight drops like those are often superficial and meaningless in the long run.
Most likely what has happened here is the MSG is causing a bit of water retention which is masking the fat loss, or you are also adding salt or some other food additive that is known to cause water retention.
When people say they want to "lose weight", what they really mean is they want to "lose bodyfat". There is a distinct difference between "losing weight" and "losing bodyfat". You can "lose weight" pretty fast, but to "lose bodyfat" you have to be patient.
There are many things that can affect weight. Almost all of it is about water retention. Salt, carbohydrates, fiber, and creatine are the most common things that cause people to retain water. Almost everyone who starts a diet will lower their salt and carbs due to less food intake or different "healthier" food choices. Their body will then flush out a lot of water causing a relatively massive drop in scale weight. After this initial drop, the weight will stall to a new baseline. If the person is still in a calorie deficit, they should still see a subtle yet noticeable drop over time, but it will never be as dramatic as that first drop.
Now, on the flip side, it is possible to stall this weight drop by increasing your sodium intake which will mask the fat loss.
Having said that, since you're not a robot, you'll probably have a variable diet which means you'll have weight fluctuations with some high days and some low days. So instead of tracking progress over six days, it would be better to track weekly average. Weigh yourself at the same time every day, preferably just as you wake up to remove as many variables as possible. Remove the highest and lowest measurements to get rid of any massive outliers. Then average the numbers for the remaining 5 days. You should (hopefully) see a small decrease week-to-week.
You can instead track fat loss by taking body measurements. Once a week (again at the same time), just take a couple measurements around your waist and hip with a tape measure. Log it somewhere and track the number. You should see the number go down over time which shows you are on the right track.