Originally Posted by RunbikeSki
I find it really hard to get the full suite of vitamins and minerals from my diet. I exercise a lot, but have a relatively sedentary job. My eatting habits are generally quite good, but I still find it quite difficult to make the RDA minimums on a 1600 to 1800 calories. And even more difficult when I am restricting calories to drop a few pounds.
I tend to think of a well rounded multivitamin as more of an insurance plan to make sure my body is getting all it needs to be in peak performance.
I also, despite a good diet, appear short on one or two on a consistent basis. However, vitamins are not just an insurance policy, as excessive vitamin supplementation has been associated with increased sickness as well. "Overdosing" on something like vitamin C is difficult, but it's quite easy to overconsume vitamin e via pills.