It’s all relative since there’s no universal definition of a “clean” diet.
For some it simply means no junk food, while others go to the other extreme and avoid artificial colors and flavors.
Best to simply focus on eating appropriately to achieve your goals.
I guess part of why I’m asking is I’m still trying to figure out how to do that.
Set a goal and adjust your caloric and macronutrient intake accordingly to reach that goal.
This way subjective terms like “clean” can be eliminated and you can focus on what’s really important.
So you feel like the macro-nutrient content is what really counts, more than the quality of the food itself? It seems like things like high vs. low glycimic foods, even if they had the same calorie and macro makeup, do different things to you…
The quality counts, you could make a 2500 calorie diet in Mcdonalds, does it fit your macros? Yes. Is good for your health? No.
How would we define quality? Is there such thing as a high-quality doughnut, since I’m sure the macros would be right for someone if fitted in correctly… [/quote]
Much as with “clean,” “quality” can refer to just about anything someone wants it to mean.
Just use some common sense. Is is that difficult to know that having the majority of your meals from McDonalds probably isn’t a good thing?
As I’ve stated, the key is to focus on your macronutrient intake. While doing this you can obviously opt for less processed options if you have a choice and find that you tend to add fat faster with more processed carbs.
It’s not a black and white thing, however. For example, the burrito example was just silly as there’s nothing wrong with having one if it fits within your desired macronutrient intake. The same is true for a fast food burger.