Showing posts from 2015

UK House Price History since 1952...

This is more for my own curiosity... Green line = Nationwide UK house prices, corrected for inflation, since 1952 plotted on a log scale (left axis). The trend line is exponential and therefore appears linear on this scale. Purple line = UK population plotted on a linear scale (right axis). Comments are from wikipedia's article on UK economic history.

Buying a House... (aka taking out a 25 year loan)

Buying a house, or more specifically, taking a 25 year mortgage (which is what most people need to do to buy a house), at the present moment is like taking a bet on interest rates. This is not a bet I feel comfortable making. Take a look at the following graph: It shows UK interest rates since 1694. There's something distinctly odd about the graph on the right, where we are now... Taking a 25 year loan, which in the UK is generally only fixed for 2 years at a time (you could fix for up to 10 years, but the penalties for needing to repay early or remortage can be hefty) is equivalent to betting that the following will happen:

Excellent muscle gain article...

Just found this on Lyle's site . It's an excellent article on the effect of different rep and set ranges. I've always been a fan of lower rep ranges (5 to 8); lower set ranges (2-3) and higher rest periods (3-5 mins). The article shows nicely that this is still a good choice for both strength and size gains, but with the warning that lower reps with higher sets tends to stress the nervous system and lead to injury and fatigue. I'm currently experimenting with fine-tuning my rep and set ranges based on how each muscle group responds to reps in the range of 5 - 15. I think I've settled on my "optimal" reps and sets based on the following protocol: For several weeks, I trained each exercise with a set of 5 reps, then 10 reps, then 15. As always, when I was able to lift a weight for the assigned number of reps, I would increase the weight the following week. After several weeks I could then determine what the maximum weight I could lift for each ex

Finding the perfect diet and thoughts on magic bullets...

I've found the perfect diet. It's perfect because: I enjoy it. It's now effortless. I can do it forever. It fits around my lifestyle. I'm never hungry. It's perfect for me . It might not be perfect for you , but you can find something that works. The magic ingredients for me  have been: 1) Removing my sweet tooth by cutting out sugar (exceptions detailed further down).  2) Eating less often (once a day actually!) 3) less on some days and more on others (when I go to the gym for example). 4) much less carbohydrate. 5) more fat. 6) simpler food choices Here's where I get my calories from: The following links have been influential on my gradual migration away from carbs and towards fats: Perfect Health Diet Mark's Daily Apple Hyperlipid Here's an example of what I eat on a lower calorie / no exercise day: Dinner (since I don't eat breakfast or lunch) 125g mixed vegetables 125g cherr