Good post Noob.
One thing that I really like to do, and I have read much on this as I get older.
In order to maintain a high metabolisim you should eat smaller natural meals more often and don't eat anything late at night.
So I will do this:
Breakfast 7am: Banana, Granola and Blueberries..OJ to drink.
9:30: Almonds or nuts...not Cashews.
12:00 Turkey Salad..low dressing.
2:00 Low Fat Yogurt
4:00 Banana or Apple
7pm - Piece of Grilled Chicken and some green beans
No more eating for 12 hours.
Of course you need to have a 1-2 hour workout every night or morning to burn the fat..but this eating schedule will burn fat and maintain it off.