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Every Record the Amazing US Women's Soccer Team Has Broken at the 2019 World Cup

The US Women’s National Soccer Team started the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a record-breaking game against Thailand in Paris. The historic run ended with a stunning 13-0 victory, but that result is not the only thing that will leave your jaw on the floor. With group play nearly finished, here’s what the team has racked up so far.

The USA’s 13-0 Win Against Thailand Marked the Highest Margin of Victory in a Soccer Game

By the end of the blowout victory, the US women had outscored their Thai opponents 13-0. That 13-point margin of victory is not only a record for the women’s tournament, but a FIFA world record. It became the biggest margin of victory in history!

The last time that the US and Thailand met up, in the 2015 tournament, the American women also scored a big victory of 8-0, but it’s nothing compared to the 2019 game’s margin. Prior to that game, the biggest margin of victory was Germany’s 11-0 win over Argentina in the 2007 men’s World Cup.

Alex Morgan Scored the Most Individual Goals in a Single Women’s World Cup Game

Forward Alex Morgan, one of USWNT’s biggest stars, set an individual record in the match against Thailand. Over the course of the team’s huge victory, Morgan personally scored five goals. That enormous achievement ties the record for most goals scored in a single game — the last woman to achieve that feat was Michelle Akers, who set the record during a 1991 match against Chinese Taipei. Currently, Morgan has scored more goals than any other player in the 2019 tournament.

In a postgame interview with Fox Sports, Morgan was at a loss for words regarding her historic achievement. “It’s incredible, I don’t know. I’m speechless,” she said. “The ball just bounced my way tonight, and I’m so thankful.”

The US Women’s Soccer Team Scored the Fastest 4 Goals in a Women’s World Cup Match

Just six minutes elapsed between the USA’s fourth and seventh goals in the game against Thailand, the quickest four goals that have ever been scored since the Women’s World Cup began in 1991.

A Record Number of Players Scored For the US Women’s Soccer Team During Its 13-0 Match Against Thailand

Seven different players on the USWNT roster put points on the board, tying Germany for the most in a World Cup match. Those players included World Cup rookies Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh, and Sam Mewis, and veterans Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Carli Lloyd. The US also became the first nation in tournament history to have three players score multiple goals in the same game (Morgan, Lavelle, and Mewis).

The US Women’s Soccer Team Scored the Most Goals in a Single Game in History

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Team USA’s 13 goals also set an overall record for most goals scored in a single match. That’s not just a record for women’s soccer, but for soccer altogether: no other team, men’s or women’s, has ever scored 13 goals in a World Cup match before! “We really just came into the game really wanting to showcase ourselves,” Morgan told Fox Sports. “Every goal matters in this tournament and that’s what we were working on.”

Carli Lloyd Set 2 Individual Scoring Records

With her goal in the opening match against Thailand, 36-year-old cocaptain Lloyd — who you might remember scored that historic hat trick during the 2015 Women’s World Cup — became the oldest American woman to score at this level of play. Following two goals against Chile, she became the only player to score in six straight World Cup games. In the days leading up to the tournament, Lloyd wrote for The Players’ Tribune, “Here I am, once again, facing a new struggle. Am I too old? Am I fit enough? Am I done?” The answer is decidedly no, she’s not done.

Channel Your Inner Surfer Girl With These 11 Adorable Rash Guards

With warm weather fast approaching, it feels like everyone wants to be at the beach all the time. Whether you’re pulling out your surfboard for the season or just looking for a little more coverage by the water, you’re going to want a rash guard. The style is practical, sure, but it’s also downright adorable. You don’t even have to be active to want to wear one; my idea of a perfect beach day consists of reading my book, drinking a glass of Rosé, and maybe going for a quick swim, but I still want to wear one of these.

These pieces have evolved into style statements in their own right over recent years, and we love how many different swimwear options there are for women today. If you’d prefer to be slightly less exposed, or are busy being your strong, athletic self, you don’t have to compromise style any more. Just keep reading to shop our picks and enjoy the Summer!

If You're Trying to Lose Weight on a Low-Carb Diet, Reach for These 17 Snacks

A low-carb diet has become one of the most popular ways to lose weight in 2019, and if you’re looking to conquer your fitness goals, it’s a great place to start. When you’re losing weight, we believe in snacking smarter, so we want picks that fit within our low-carb diets, but will still keep us full and focused throughout the day. That’s where these 17 snacks come in.

Not only are these picks all available at Amazon (yay!) they’re also good and good for you. No more snacking on cardboard, these 17 options are so yummy, anyone would want to eat them. Consider your weight-loss goals crushed, thanks to these picks. Now all you have to do is pick which one you’re going to eat first.

I Gave Up Alcohol and Soda For 30 Days, and Here's What I Learned

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to basically drink only water for an entire 30 days? Let me tell you, it’s not as hard as it would seem, and your body will thank you for it. For some reason that I did not know of at the time, I decided to go cold turkey and give up both alcohol and soda for 30 days. I felt that my body needed a break from all of the sugar and calories, not to mention that hangovers become exponentially worse as you get older (no one tells you that). Now, I wasn’t drinking every night, but I was consistently having at least a few beers or cocktails every weekend with friends, which over time catches up with your body. The same goes for soda — I’m the type where I’ll open a can of Coca-Cola and take a few sips with my meal, and then toss it (yes, I know that’s a waste). I’d probably have one or two sodas a week, which was enough to make my teeth feel yellow and my body feel sluggish. I remember telling myself toward the beginning that the alcohol part will be harder than the soda part, but that I need to stay committed to myself. Fast forward 30 days, sans the two aforementioned culprits, plus a plentiful amount of water, and I feel like a new human.

What Happened?

The first few days were interesting in that it was all mental. I’d see someone having a beer or a soda and think to myself, “that looks so good, but you can’t have it.” After about a week, I snapped out of that mindset and focused on only consuming water. After about two weeks, I noticed myself feeling less tired and more refreshed. I stayed in every weekend and either read books or watched movies and realized that I was giving my body the break it needed. My skin definitely exhibited a brighter glow, and I barely broke out with any blemishes. I made it to the gym at least four times every week, and as an added bonus, I spent zero dollars on ride services such as Uber or Lyft (this was a win in itself for me). I will say that drinking only water minus the occasional Arnold Palmer can get quite boring, so to spice it up, I bought fresh lemons and oranges to throw in some taste. As you can see in the before and after photo, my hair even got lighter! Just kidding, I was just able to actually wake up in time to make my hair appointment. After my 30 days, I tried a can of Coca-Cola, and it tasted like I had opened a bag of sugar and poured it into my mouth. I was so shocked at how giving something up for a short amount of time can alter the way it tastes. It made me realize how unhealthy soda actually is for your teeth and overall body.

Will I Keep Going?

Yes! I may not become cold sober for the rest of my life, but I will definitely be more conscious of the amount of alcohol I consume on a weekly basis. As for soda, I am happy to report I have done a pretty good job with almost giving it up completely; however, I will admit that I sometimes have one every now and then, or at least a few sips (I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t shake that zest upon the first intake).

If you’re looking for a simple and free cleanse, try this so-called detox, and I can almost guarantee that your body will feel much more relaxed and refreshed! If giving up both at once seems intimidating, then I’d try alcohol first. Say goodbye to headaches and bags under the eyes, and say hello to saving money and feelin’ fresh! Trust me — your inner you will thank you for it!

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Danny Allen

Nike Celebrates Individuality With the New “Nobody Wins Alone” LGBTQ+ Campaign

Nike has been known to use sports to challenge the status quo, inspire people to take risks, dream crazier, and always be true to who they are.

For the first time ever, Nike partnered with the estate of Gilbert Baker, the activist and artist behind the Pride flag, for the 2019 Be True collection. Additionally, Nike dropped the “Nobody Wins Alone” ad featuring prominent LGBTQ+ athletes, including WNBA stars Sue Bird and Brittney Griner, skater Eric Koston, and 800-meter Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya.

“Every winner knows victory doesn’t happen alone,” the narrator says as footage of Brittney and Caster competing appear. “But none of us can truly win until the rules are the same for everyone.” In 45 seconds, Nike is able to capture what makes us great — our individuality — while reminding us that “the playing field won’t be level until all of us are equal.”

Check out the full video above, and click here for more information on the organizations Nike is supporting to advance the LGBTQ+ community.

Nosh on These 42 High-Protein Vegan Snacks, Stay Full, and Lose Weight!

This is the best weight-loss advice ever — eat snacks! It can keep hunger at bay between meals so you consume fewer daily calories, and feeling satisfied will also prevent overeating at meal time, all of which can help you lose weight.

Snacks can also be a way to get valuable nutrients you’re missing from meals alone. But not all snacks will help you lose weight. Registered dietitians Stephanie Clarke, RD, and Willow Jarosh, RD, of C&J Nutrition encourage your snacks to be high in protein to satiate hunger longer. Protein also helps to even out the rate that carbohydrates enter your bloodstream, so if you eat a snack that’s low in protein, a spike in your blood sugar levels could result in stronger cravings and the need to munch on more.

Stephanie and Willow recommended that you choose a snack that offers six to 10 grams of protein. Here are some delicious, high-protein vegan snack recipes to try.

1 Dietitian Says to “Enjoy Every Bite!” of Ice Cream – but Gave These Low-Cal Alternatives

I don’t know about you, but whenever I feel the first warm rays of Summer, I’m transported back to my childhood. I’m chasing the ice cream truck and its carnival-meets-nursery-rhyme-like tunes played on repeat to torment me. I want — no, need — my Good Humor Chocolate Eclair. Summer still means ice cream season in many of your eyes, I’m sure (we’d argue that you can enjoy it any season, FYI). But, if you’re counting your calories or simply wish to make healthier food choices, you might want to skip out on the high-processed stuff.

POPSUGAR asked registered dietitians Chelsey Amer, MS, RDN, owner of Chelsey Amer Nutrition, and Lori Zanini, RD, CDE, what they’d recommend when people are craving ice cream, but ultimately want to make a healthier choice that’s less about refined sugar and calories and more about natural ingredients. For starters, we — and Chelsey — want to be clear. “If you’re craving real-deal ice cream, enjoy every bite!” she said. “Having a healthy relationship with food is most important, and that includes these treats.”

Yes, before you scroll through some better-for-you options, know that guilt and food should not go hand in hand (not ever). We understand, though, the importance of limiting the amount of ultraprocessed food you eat, especially if you’re predisposed to, or have, conditions like diabetes. So go ahead, keep reading for some frozen substitutes!

A Peloton Trainer Explains How Important a Strong Core Is For Indoor Cycling

Working on core strength is something that Emma Lovewell, NASM-certified personal trainer and Peloton instructor, says people often forget about. They’re focused on upper-body or lower-body strength (hello, booty gains!) and don’t realize just how important your abs are for workouts. They make your form better in running, for example, and let boxers pack power into their punches. But what about cycling?

Emma, who’s also a certified Pilates instructor, said that a strong core is absolutely important for indoor cycling because bracing your core aids with lower back pain that you may get from being “crunched over a bit” on the bike. Sure, cycling targets your legs, but your abs have to work hard here, too, if you’re looking for the best possible form for both efficiency and injury prevention. You especially need a braced core when you’re coming out of the saddle, which Emma told POPSUGAR she likes to do a great deal in her Peloton bike classes. Since engaging your core will help with form, this will in turn result in a more effective ride and can therefore burn more calories, as we’ve written about in the past.

“I always say, ‘If you want to get better at cycling, then definitely strengthening your core is only going to help,'” Emma continued. “Because if you think about it, if you’re relaxed in your core, it’s not good for your back.” Like running, indoor cycling alone won’t get you a six-pack, but focusing on core during these workouts in conjunction with consistent ab exercises will make for a stronger midsection. Plus, building muscle off the bike will make it easier to keep your core engaged on the bike. It all comes full circle.

Pay attention for an important note. It’s true: having a strong core and seeing your abs aren’t necessarily synonymous. Even though your muscles are there, they may be covered by subcutaneous fat which is, along with your metabolism, largely genetic. At the end of the day, if you’re looking to really see those abs, you’re going to have to focus on what you put into your body outside of the gym to lose this fat. Consume a healthy diet of whole foods loaded with fiber and vitamins, lean protein, and a healthy caloric deficit.

Registered dietitian Shana Spence, MS, told POPSUGAR in a past interview that loading up on whole foods with an emphasis on lean protein and healthy fats is essential for losing fat. For healthy fats, she advised to choose things like “olive oil, avocados, seeds, and legumes that will help your body by feeling satiated.” Dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick of Cleveland Clinic Wellness told POPSUGAR previously that a diet low in carbs — but not too lowwill also target belly fat because it levels out your insulin spikes and keeps your hormones and hunger at a more normal level.

So, yes, you need a low enough body fat percentage (about 14 to 24 percent body fat, though everyone’s different) to actually see your abs, but exercise and eating a well-balanced diet can do the trick. In terms of workouts filled with moves that target your six-pack, you can try Emma’s new four-week Crush Your Core program on Peloton’s digital app or check out any of these 10 core-focused routines. Plus, check out Emma’s favorite plank sequence to burn your obliques. Cardio like running and cycling can help too, along with HIIT training and strength training for overall weight loss (since you can’t — for the hundredth time — spot-reduce belly fat!). Cycle all you want, but also incorporate other best practices if abs are your goal.

We Asked 2 Dietitians What Low-Carb Actually Means – Here's What They Said

When it comes to diets, the saying, “Everything old is new again” holds true. One particular way of eating that has made a comeback over the past few years is the low-carb diet. The Atkins Diet and keto diet are two popular low-carb diets, but have you ever wondered what low-carb actually means?

If you’re following the keto diet, experts recommend 5 to 10 percent of your daily caloric intake come from carbs. This would be 22.5 to 45 grams of carbs for someone who needs 1,800 calories a day. If you’re following the Atkins diet, you should have 20 grams of carbs per day in phase one, and this number will increase slightly as you progress through the phases. Confusing, right?

What Carbs Are and Why They’re Important

Before we get any further, we’re going to give you a carbs crash course. Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients — fat and protein are the other two — and are your body’s first source of energy. If you’re going to your favorite fitness class, carbs are what power you through your workout. You should also know that carbs are commonly found in the form of sugars, fibers, and starches. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the best carbs to eat are minimally processed whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans.

How Many Carbs You Should Eat Each Day

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend getting 45 to 65 percent of your daily caloric intake from carbohydrates. Let’s say you need 1,850 calories per day — this means that you should consume approximately 208 to 301 grams of carbohydrates each day. If you’ve opted to follow a low-carb diet (always speak to your doctor first!), you’ll need to eat fewer calories.

“There is no one universally used definition of low-carb; however, I generally think of less than 40 percent of daily calories as being low-carb,” Hailey Crean, MS, RD, CDE, and Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management, told POPSUGAR. For example, a person who needs 1,800 calories a day should consume no more than 180 grams (or 720 calories) from carbs to be considered a low-carb diet based on Hailey’s recommendation. In her practice, Hailey calculates carb goals based on variables like the client’s weight, activity level, goals, and age.

“I generally don’t recommend going lower than 35 to 40 percent of total calories from carbs and typically stay closer to 40 to 45 percent in my recommendations,” Hailey said. She also doesn’t advise consuming less than 35 percent of your daily caloric intake from carbs because “carbohydrates are still the primary source of fuel for our bodies and specifically our brains.”

Kerry Clifford, MS, RD, LDN, and dietitian for Fresh Time Farmer’s Market, agreed that there isn’t a universal amount of carbs people should consume when following a low-carb diet. It’s “really individual,” she told POPSUGAR.

“Most Americans are overeating carbohydrates and missing out on the healthy fats, which help us absorb vitamins and stay full and satisfied,” Kerry went on to explain. If you’re on a low-carb diet, Kerry said 100 grams of carbs a day “might be right for some people,” and recommended working with a registered dietitian to figure out your complete macronutrient profile (carbohydrates, fat, and protein).

If you’re still debating between going low-carb or not, Kerry said, “Most people could benefit from limiting processed carbohydrates (aka simple carbs) like sugar-sweetened beverages, juices, breads, and pastas.” Instead, she recommends consuming complex carbs like sweet potatoes, beans, and whole grains because they have high amounts of fiber, which can help keep you fuller longer.

Going low-carb will look different for everyone, which is why we highly recommend you speak to an expert to figure out an optimal number of carbs for your needs. Before making any changes to your diet, be sure to consult a specialist such as a registered dietitian.

Is There Anything Better Than Finding These 10 Low-Carb Cookies? We Think Not

Cookies have always been our own personal kryptonite, but when we’re trying to eat a low-carb diet, those sublime sweet treats are usually the first to go. There’s something so satisfying about biting down on a warm sugar cookie, or knowing that, however crazy our day may be, we have a chocolate chip cookie in our bag for when we inevitably get hungry. Basically, cookies are the best, and we don’t need to convince anyone of that fact. If you’re on a low-carb diet, though, treats are an obvious choice to put on the back-burner — but not anymore.

We found 10 cookies that all have less than 10 grams of carbs per serving. Do you need to read that again? These 10 cookies will all fit on your low-carb diet, so rejoice! Whether you like peanut butter cookies, snickerdoodles, or classic chocolate chips, there’s something here for you. Is it time for dessert yet?

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