I tell hard gainers not to eat clean every meal. I know myself I can't make gains eating clean all the time. Can't get enough cals in eating clean every meal for a hard gainer. I know many hard gainers that went my route and thanked me 2 months later.
Clean 3 main meals and 2 junk food snack meals. That will give a hard gainer the cals needed for gains with hard work, but yet not blow up like a balloon and it be all fat, no mucle gains.
To many hard gainer eat clean. Don't make gain's so go even cleaner thinking they are doing something wrong. Ya they are. Can't get enough cals eating clean all the time if your a hard gainer.