SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Pandemic lockdowns made it harder to lose weight, study says. I actually lost a bit of weight during the quarantine — just a few pounds, but still, I hit my lowest weight in recent memory — and I know others like that. But for most people it was either gain or lose. My best investment was getting a doorway chinup bar and doing chinups every day. That was always a weak exercise for me, but not anymore.