View Full Version : Does eating meat yield tight muscles??
10-14-2003, 03:51 PM
I went to a dance concert this past weekend, and the choreographer (who also is a professional dancer) spoke in the intermission...long story short, in conversation he mentioned that he does not eat meat because it makes your muscles tight. I had never heard this before and was just wondering if any of you knew if this was true or not.
He went on to explain that he eats a very strict natural foods diet...saying "you are what you eat...if you eat processed foods you will look processed." Although there may not be any truth to his comments, it made me analyze everything I was eating for the rest of the weekend and I'm still wondering! :)
10-14-2003, 03:57 PM
I am not sure I know what he means by "tight" muscles :confused:
muscle fibers (fast twitch and slow twitch) are genetically determined for the most part. Exercise and hard training can alter some of that, but not appreciably. FOr example, someone gifted with lots of fast twitch muscle fibers will be a faster runner than someone with less of the fast twitch muscles. If the fast twitch runner doesn't train adn the slow twitch guy does lots of hard training, he may be able to beat him.
As for what they eat...weight lifters have shown that vegetarians and meat eaters alike can work hard to develop musculature.
Because most people eat foods in combination (carbs, protein, fat) I am not sure how he's determined the meat is what bothers his muscles. Still, each of us is sensitive to certain foods and maybe meat is his thing.
10-14-2003, 04:02 PM
I honestly have no idea about the correlation between meat and tight muscles, but I just wanted to add that I eat meat and I am extremely flexible. :) (is that what he meant by tight muscles? as in "my hamstrings are tight")
10-14-2003, 04:06 PM
Yes, he was meaning that eating meat caused your muscles to be inflexible. In other words, you would have to work more to stay flexible if you did not eat a vegetarian diet. I'm sure it just depends on the individual...
10-14-2003, 04:12 PM
I was a vegetarian for about 2 years and I've always been inflexible.
Also, I don't consider meat to be a processed food.
10-14-2003, 05:17 PM
Joint rotation span (like being "double jointed") is something you're born with.
Some people are more flexible than others and with age our muscles do atrophy and shorten if they are not used. I dont' think this has anything to do with what one eats but rather how often and what type of exercise they do.
Just my humble opinon :)
10-14-2003, 05:19 PM
Even when 9 months pregnant I could place my hands on the floor without bending my knees (now granted my feet were rather far apart) and my DH and 2 of the DSs who are lean and strong cna't! They have very short hamstrings and all 3 are too lazy to work on them! :rolleyes:
10-14-2003, 05:21 PM
badunnin I was a vegan for 10 years and I was never flexible! Not quite sure what the choreographer meant.
10-15-2003, 08:39 AM
I thought the meat/muscle comment sounded rather strange... just didn't know if anyone could think of a logical reason why that would be true.
P.S. The meat comment and processed food comment were two separate issues with him.
I will say that at 41 he looked like he was MAYBE 30 (at most).
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