People who eat a plant-based diet tend to take in fewer calories and less fat than people who eat a meat-based diet. They also tend to weigh less and have a lower risk of heart disease. Even if you cut back a little on meat, you stand to reap healthy benefits. So if you don’t want to give up meat altogether, think about making meatless meals just one or more days a week. Used diced mushrooms in place of meat in your casseroles, stews, and stir-fries. Toss a mix of raw nuts into your salad instead of meat. Opt for a veggie burger instead of ground round at your next barbeque. Add extra beans to your chili or burrito and leave out the meat.