08/28/2011 10:26 am ET | Updated Oct 28, 2011

How To Stave Off Extra Pounds At Every Life Stage

It's true that there are certain times in your life (after getting married, post-kids, during perimenopause) when extra poundage seems to appear out of nowhere -- and settle on you. In fact, experts have honed in on the exact moments when you're most vulnerable to weight gain.

"Life transitions, having a baby, and going through menopause cause many women to pile on pounds," says Susan Albers, Psy.D., author of "But I Deserve This Chocolate!: The 50 Most Common Diet-Derailing Excuses and How to Outwit Them." "But with planning and prep, you can stay thin."

We asked top experts for their strategies to help you ward off weight creep -- and even shed pounds -- at these tricky stages. Solutions ahead.