So, I understand the desire for labeling and defining, but with things such as dieting, it just get's down right silly.
The Healthy Food Conundrum
This idea of "eating clean" eating "paleo" and "eating Healthy" are just buzz words. They don't mean anything because you can't precisely define any of them. I can understand and fully support those that chose to eat because of moral or religious practice, but I will never understand or support those that make morality or religious practices out of the way they eat.
I never, and I mean NEVER say that I eat "healthy." People assume I eat "healthy" and some people say that I eat "healthy" but I have not once told anyone that I think I'm a healthy eater. I don't look at food as black and white, as healthy or unhealthy. Why is that? Because the term "healthy" is subjective and is used more now for purposes of propaganda more than a means to help people achieve a higher level of health or a means to find a great balance between enjoyment and discipline.
Isn't the term "dieting" enough? Just eat! The results of your eating is what truly defines what you're doing more than the food you choose to do it with. I can gain weight, lose weight, or maintain with my usual food choices. The defining factors are and will always be the quantities. The minutia of the quality and kinds of carbs, proteins, and fats are debates for those looking to waste endless hours of their life with such banter.
Consistency and Calories
The people that I've seen get the best results and stick with their program in order to achieve said results are the ones who have done the least to adapt their current diet. They didn't jump the shark onto the clean food/paleo/healthy meal crunch, they just found a means to make the foods they love work for them. Either with lesser calorie adaptations of their favorite treats, making their meals higher protein and high fiber thus more macro friendly, or just fitting their sweet treats into their daily allotment of carbs and fats. If they need a day to gorge, they work in a day where they get a big calorie "refeed," feel what it's like to be miserable via food, and then return to the ground. In the end, they worked with their calories, their limitations, and then kept at them for weeks on end until goals were achieved
I don't mind debating about this topic, clean eaters only have the power of social assumption, fear mongering and anecdote to "prove their theories." But, to be frank, I've grown bored with this debate. I'd rather debate about whether something tastes good and whether or not it's worth trying at all than try to formulate borders around the parameters of "healthy or clean."
Until Next Time,
Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It.
The Opera Bro