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Is there a variable ratio between what you put into your body after a hard -- medium -- light workout?
Sure. Your recovery diet varies with the deficits created by your workouts.
The intensity and duration of your workouts determine the importance of your recovery process. The harder, the more exhausting the workout, the more important it is to "hit" the right mix and ratio of recovery fuels. Low intensity workouts simply require a mix or water and calories.
Experienced athletes plan for their recovery fueling by having easy-to-use premixed protein containing fuels standing by right at the end of their workouts. After some quality fuels have been consumed, they move of to "normal", on the table food stuffs in whatever mix they "feel" fits their caloric requirements.
Very few athletes get beyond this type stratagy, although I would imagine in a laboratory study could find a relationship of optimum fuel content balances. MY own suspicion would be that workouts that have caused more dehydration would benefit from recovery fuel ratios that increase carbohydrate. Cold weather workouts, or workouts with severe resistance but less dehydration can tolerate the "classic" 3 or 4-to-1 protein/carb ratio.
Great question, no great answers......