What Does 5 Pounds of Fat Look Like?


What does 5 pounds of fat look like?

What does 5 pounds of muscle look like?


Well, there you go at the right.

I’m thinking we are all choosing the muscle over the fat. Muscle sounds better and definitely looks better.

I think all of us want, would like, would choose more muscle and less fat.


I’m sure the great majority of us, myself definitely included, have a pound or two of fat we’d rather dispose of.

For anyone struggling with their weight, this is meant to be a motivation to continue fighting the good fight. You can do it!

And as the picture shows, even one pound is a great improvement.


This brings me to my main comparison: Virtue is like muscle, Vice is like fat.

Virtue = Strength

Vice = Weakness

If you’d like a longer, more profound definition, the Catechism offers the following:

A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.

Human virtues are firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habitual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith. They make possible ease, self-mastery, and joy in leading a morally good life. The virtuous man is he who freely practices the good.

But as I’m sure most of us have experienced, getting rid of that fat and building up the good muscle is easier said than done. It takes work.


But maybe this is a good image to bring to our students, athletes, children … that when you do good acts and practice virtue - it is like putting on that solid muscle. You are strengthening your soul, making yourself healthier …

When you give in to bad behavior, bad choices, and general weakness … you are putting those 5 pounds of fat into your soul.

Maybe making that bad decision isn’t so attractive anymore.

Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd 
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