I have been pretty closely involved in fitness for nearly 20 years, and in the early years I went for pretty heavy to build up a little more mass, too as when I started out I had absolutely nothing!
I always stuck to a regular balanced diet and never worried about cutting back on carbohydrates, just concentrating on the complex carbohydrates and reducing the intake of plain processed white flour and sugar, as well as fat. It worked for me though it was true that I wasn't going for any Ms. Olympia or anything like that
And I like food too much to limit myself to some extreme diet either
More than anything you will have to incorporate some aerobic routine to your weight training, there are various activities out there so try to find the one you enjoy and can stick with. There is no such thing as spot reduction, nor quick fix, it takes a patience but if you keep on the routine (at least 3 times a week of aerobic session 30min-1hr at a time depending on the intensity) it will pay off in the end.
The most important thing is to enjoy your workout, food, and your life. Good luck!