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How can I convince my friend that going vegan to lose weight isn’t a good idea?

Question:
At first I was pretty supportive, considering that generally, when someone first goes vegan they do lose weight. Some more than others, but I definatley know from personal experience that it’s possible to drop a pants size in the first two weeks even.

That’s not the reason I went vegan, but that is the reason why one of my friends did. Despite my trying to tell her that beans and lentils and soy-meat and tofu and alternative sources of protein and calcium were VERY IMPORTANT to being a healthy vegan, she insisted that she was just going to live off of fancy salads and miso soup.

After realizing that the “fancy salad and miso soup” diet isn’t very effective (she was weak all the time and quit after two days) she decided that she would listen to me (finally!) and buy some soy-chicken. Problem is, the soy-chicken she purchased was heavily breaded and contianed both milk and eggs. To that she responded “well that’s not that big of a deal, it’s whatever, and I’m going to eat shellfish too, it’s summer!”

Basically, she’s gone “vegan” for all the wrong reasons. She walks around saying she’s “vegan” but isn’t phased by eating eggs, milk, and even FISH. I don’t mean to be an elitist but I don’t like the fact that she calls herself a vegan when she’s absolutley not, and I am, and I know that it takes some hard work and dedication to comit to a vegan lifestyle.

Also, before she made the transition to “veganism”, i tried to convince her to take it slowly, like, stop eating red meat, then chicken, then fish, and THEN go vegan, but she wasn’t having it. She skipped vegetariansim, and from what I’ve noticed of my friends who’ve tried to go vegan, it’s impossible to be a sucessful vegan and skip over vegetarianism.

What’s saddest of all is that i really wanted her not to fail and to be a good vegan, considering she’s one of my closest friends, and all my other friends that’ve tried to go veg haven’t been sucessful.

Obviously, that’s not the case, and while I hate to lose a convert, her heart just isn’t in it and I need to know how I can tell her that veganism is just not for her and she’s making herself look stupid without being TOO mean.
yeah but if you were a group of cells, or a battery, and someone you saw on the constant started calling themself a battery even though they were just one cell, WOUDN’T YOU BE ANNOYED?!?! haha…